You may know Demi Lovato as an actress, songwriter and musician who made her television debut in memorable TV shows like ‘Barney and Friends’.

Barney and Friends, with a young Demi Lovato sitting in the center

You may also know that Princess Rosalinda María Montoya Fiore quickly rose to fame in 2008 when she starred along Selena Gomez in ‘Princess Protection Program’.

Princess Protection Program, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez

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You may also be aware that the perky and high spirited actress leads her own television series by the name of “Sonny with A Chance”.

Sonny with A Chance

But what you didn’t know was that behind the façade of glamorous life, the actress was struggling with anorexia, bulimia, bipolar disorder and suicidal ideation. Her address at the DNC made us all sad.

Demi has been talking about mental health issues for some time now. In an interview she gave to Elle last October, she said, “You know, entering rehab while you’re on the Disney Channel, it was kind of like, everything was magnified, in the spotlight. It’s quite the headline. And I couldn’t get around it. So I thought, you know, I can use this to help others. And that’s what I did.” She added, “When I was bulimic, I knew it was a problem. When I was anorexic, I knew it was a problem. But I wasn’t in a place where I could quit by myself.”

If she is strong enough to battle through her illness, so can you. Hope is a word that can be used to describe Ms Lovato as she is the living, breathing example of a person who is living a happy, fulfilling life despite her mental health condition. In her own words:

“Never be ashamed of what you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion that you want, and to do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto.”

Furthermore, Lovato is the proud leader of the ‘Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health’, an initiative that encourages people to share their stories of mental illness.

After delivering a powerful and mesmerizing speech at the DNC, Lovato reassured everyone that “this is not about politics, it’s simply the right thing to do”. She reminded everyone of the need to do their part in order to lessen the stigma surrounding mental healthcare. She promised to bring the Timberline Knolls treatment center to her fans, so they can experience the same love and support she did.

Lovato ended her message by stating that:

“I stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness.”