We all know Demi Lovato has a powerful voice, but now she’s using it for something other than belting out her hit songs.
The pop princess is headed to Capitol Hill to raise awareness about mental health issues, something that hits home because she has admitted to suffering with bipolar disorder.
On Tuesday, the 23-year-old is headed to Washington, D.C. for the Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health movement at the National Council for Behavioral Health‘s Hill Day.
While she’s there, the brunette beauty is going to meet with legislators to push for “comprehensive mental health reform” and an easier ability to obtain the proper healthcare.
But most importantly, the Confident singer wants to change the way our society perceives mental disorders and diseases, saying:
“I think it’s important that people no longer look at mental illness as something taboo to talk about. It’s something that’s extremely common, one in five adults has a mental illness, so basically everyone is essentially connected to this problem and this epidemic. The problem with mental illness is people don’t look at it as a physical illness. When you think about it, the brain is actually the most complex organ in your body. We need to treat it like a physical illness and take it seriously.”
The musician also revealed that mental illness is really why she didn’t have much of a relationship with her late father, who was bipolar-schizophrenic.
Not only did she start a scholarship foundation in his memory, she also wrote a song about him off her upcoming album, titled Father.
She revealed that maybe their bond could have been stronger if he was properly treated for his diagnosis:
“The estranged relationship that I had with my father really affected my life growing up, and it was because he was untreated. He inspired my charity in order to help people live a happy life. Nobody deserves to suffer. But it was a very complicated situation, and that’s why I decided to write about it. Hopefully people will be able to use that as inspiration and something that will help comfort them.”
Demi is encouraging her fans to join the movement, whether physically or online, so that they can raise proper awareness for problems surrounding mental health, and possibly make some changes within Congress:
“It could be as small as a hashtag or a tweet, it could be as big as joining us at Capitol Hill. Whatever you can do to help out is what I want you to take away from this. I think it’s extremely important that we continue to raise the awareness and hopefully convince Congress to take more action.”
We are just so proud of the Cool For The Summer songbird, and think the action she is taking is completely inspiring!
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