Lovato Joins The Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour

Demi Lovato is raising awareness about bipolar disorder…

The 21-year-old part-Mexican singer/actress – a big advocate for gay rights and mental health issues – is stepping up her activism when it comes to bipolar disorder. It’s a mental condition that she was diagnosed with in 2011.

Demi Lovato

Lovato has joined The Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour at which she will connect with some of the country’s leading experts and champions over a series of discussions to speak about her own life experiences.

The “I Really Don’t Care” singer released a PSA video with the announcement, in which she explains, “Bipolar depression really got my life off track, but today I’m proud to say I am living proof that someone can live, love, and be well with bipolar disorder when they get the education, support and treatment they need.”

The Sunovion Pharmaceuticals-sponsored video also states the intent of Lovato’s inclusion on the tour, reading at the intro, “To support the mental health community’s vision of building a new generation of powerful advocates, The Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour connects Demi Lovato with the mental health advocacy community in a new way.”

On the tour, Lovato says in the video, “I want to shine a light on the people out there who like me are learning to live well with mental illness by getting the right diagnosis and finding the right treatment plan. I want to be the most informed and powerful advocate I can be and to help people to find the courage to seek help.”