Yes, the rumors are true… I am a Lovatic. In case you do not have a clue as to what a Lovatic is, allow me to inform you. A lovatic is a Demi Lovato fan. Who is Demi Lovato you ask? Demi Lovato is a singer/songwriter/actress. She started her career as one of the kids on Barney, went on to act with Disney and is now releasing FANTASTIC songs such as this…
My path to becoming a Lovatic began one day while scrolling through apple news. I came across an interview published in Glamor where Demi Lovato discusses her battle with mental illness. I was touched and inspired by her honesty, courage and vulnerability. I find it admirable to be at the scrutiny of the public and share something so deeply personal. She has a unique opportunity because of her celebrity status and I think it is so powerful that she is speaking up about mental illness and advocating for mental health.
Demi started an initiative called Be Vocal and has called for mental health reform in Washington D.C. Being vocal is essential to getting help with mental illness. It is important to speak up about your own mental health and equally important to speak up about helping other people struggling with mental well being. She struggled with mental illness for years before getting the help she needed. It is frightening and heart breaking to think that only 4 out of 10 people with mental illness are receiving the help and treatment they need. Treatment takes money, time, and commitment. It is just not accessible for everyone. I think we need to ask ourselves a few questions when it comes to mental health. What are we doing right as a society? What are we doing wrong as a society? How can we improve as a society?
Demi Lovato is asking all of these questions and following her own advice by being vocal about her personal struggle with mental illness. She is no stranger to the toll taken by mental illness. Lovato has been diagnosed with bipolar Disorder, an eating disorder, and faced addiction. She is also a daughter of a schizophrenic father who has passed away. After his death, she wrote a song for him which served as a cathartic release. The song acknowledges the fact that her father was a troubled man. She expresses this genuine understanding that he did the best with what he was given. She thanks him for that but still acknowledges the pain that he caused her. This is a beautiful message of forgiveness and the reality of the human condition.
Being human is tragic, painful, beautiful, joyful and all things paradox. The reality is that some humans face mental illness. Fighting that battle takes a metaphorical army. Please speak up and be vocal. Advocate for yourself and for your fellow humans. Strive to make society a better place for all, including those who suffer from mental illness. Demi Lovato’s journey is evidence that even fame, fortune and success do not inoculate against mental illness.
I’d like to leave you with some candid words from Demi Lovato herself discussing her mental illness.