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Demi Lovato Opens Up About Mental Illness at Democratic Convention

PHILADELPHIA — Demi Lovato got an enthusiastic response after she performed “Confident” at the Democratic National Convention and called for greater access to mental health care.

“Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness,” she said. “But I am lucky. I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility. Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don’t get help, whether they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment.”

Lovato has been open in the past about her struggles with bipolar disorder, as well as eating disorders and substance abuse issues.

“This is not about politics,” she added. “It is simply the right thing to do.”

Lovato also talked about supporting Hillary Clinton. She performed for Clinton at a rally in Des Moines in October that was tied to the Jefferson-Jackson dinner.

“I stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness. I am proud to support a presidential candidate who will fight to ensure all people with mental health conditions get the care they need to live fulfilling lives. That candidate is Hillary Clinton,” she said on stage. “Let’s make her the next president of the United States of America.”

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