Demi Lovato has faced her demons and returned unbroken… And, now she’s being honored for sharing her experiences with the world.
The 20-year-old part-Mexican American singer and returning The X Factor judge has received an honor from U.S. Department of Health.
Lovato was lauded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for breaking free from her demons and setting a good example for youths facing similar challenges.
The former Disney Channel star has been very open about her past struggles with bipolar disorder, bulimia, drugs and cutting stemming from body image issues. She accepted an award from the U.S. Department of Health during a press briefing on Tuesday, May 7 before the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is observed two days later.
“Every young person faces challenges as they work toward becoming an independent adult, and for those with mental health challenges, it can be even more of a struggle,” she said in a moving speech. “I want those young adults to know that your life has meaning and you can reach out to someone you trust for support and overcome any challenges in your life.”