Demi Lovato has her own advice for those suffering from a mental illness.
To promote her Be Vocal: Speak Up For Mental Health partnership, the Confident songstress opened up about her own battle with bipolar disorder. You may remember the 24-year-old was diagnosed after receiving treatment in 2011.
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In her new interview with People, the starlet revealed:
"If you know someone or if you're dealing with it yourself, just know that it is possible to live well. I'm living proof of that."
Describing her life as a "work in progress", Demi explained she gets by with the help of her loved ones and treatment team:
"They're there for me at any moment of the day and will be there to support me throughout my recovery. That relationship is ongoing — it's not something where you see a therapist once or you see your psychiatrist once, it's something you maintain to make sure that you want to live with mental illness. You have to take care of yourself. Whenever I was in treatment and I had the urge to do something that was harmful to myself ,whether it was self-harming or was just something that wasn't good for me, my treatment team told me to distract myself."
We can only imagine how important it is to feel supported by those you care about.
She's come a long way, and her fans must really appreciate her honesty. Talking about her work with Be Vocal, the candid celeb shared:
"This partnership means a lot to my fans because so many of my fans are dealing with mental illness, whether it's depression or bipolar disorder or even schizophrenia. They're a part of a younger generation who hopefully is going to change the future for the next generation where mental illness won't be so taboo to talk about. I want to prevent [stigma] from being attached from anything mental health."
DemDem is also looking forward to marking five years being sober come March 2017:
"Every day is a work in progress so hopefully I make it to 2017 with my sobriety. I take it one day at a time and for today I'm doing great."
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