Pop star Demi Lovato is speaking out about her struggles with mental health issues, and encouraging others to do the same. Five years ago, the singer-songwriter checked herself into rehab after an incident where she was accused of punching a back-up dancer while on tour with the Jonas Brothers. The then-18-year-old underwent therapy for eating disorders, depression and cutting and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.”Getting a diagnosis was kind of a relief. It helped me start to make sense of the harmful things I was doing to cope with what I was experiencing,” Lovato writes on bphope.com, an online community to raise awareness about bipolar disorder.This week she announced a joint campaign with five mental-health advocacy organizations called Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health to encourage people living with mental health issues to advocate for themselves and advance mental health support in America.”In the United States mental health isn’t taken as seriously as physical health care so I’m making it a point to try and change that, in whatever I can do,” Lovato told News.com.au in an interview.Along with encouraging individuals to speak up about their condition, the campaign is also urging patients to work with elected officials and… Read full this story
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