Demi Lovato has been open about her mental health struggle and now she has taken up the responsibility to destigmatize therapy. She is appointed as Talkspace’s newest mental health spokesperson.
The singer wants people to know that there is no shame in reaching out for help. During these difficult times especially, Demi wants to encourage going to a licensed therapist or psychiatrist through the digital therapy platform.
Demi opened up and talked about growing up in the public eye since she was a child to now. She said all along her journey, she has tried to remain true to herself. The singer explained that she has tried to be honest with her fans in sharing her struggle and hoping that people find inspiration and solace through her.
She said, “What I admire most about Talkspace is their mission to provide Therapy for All and bring more awareness to the importance of mental and behavioral health. We’re all dealing with our own struggles, so it’s important to arm ourselves with the right resources to not only live and manage—but thrive—every day.”
Talkspace reported more than half of the U.S. population is experiencing negative mental health effects from the pandemic. They have also reported that two-thirds of the population who are struggling with their mental health, are not seeking help.
On Talkspace, a person will be matched to get a therapist within 24 hours and talk to them over live video sessions. They also reported that a person can send their therapist text, video, or photo at any time.
Demi’s Powerful ‘Year Of Growth’ Essay
The singer expressed her gratitude for joining Talkspace to make mental health care more accessible. She also hopes to change the way people talk about mental health through this. Demi explained, “My journey to becoming an advocate has not been easy, but I am glad that I can help people out there struggling to gain access to resources that could help to improve or even save lives.”
Demi Lovato opened up about her advocacy work for mental health and racial injustice in a powerful essay for Vogue.
In a personal essay published on September 1, Demi opened up about her mental health and ensured Americans that they are not alone. The singer started off addressing the situation amidst the global pandemic. She wrote how depression and mental health have always been a part of her history and how the pandemic only worsened her anxiety.
Demi wrote, “I was suddenly confronted with all these questions: ‘When are we going to go back to work?’ ‘Are more people going to have to die?’ ‘How bad is this going to get?’ Everything was so suddenly out of my control and not just for me individually, but for us as a global community.”
She revealed that because of her anxiety, it was difficult for the singer to go to sleep at night. However, with the help of her fiance, Max Ehrich, Demi started new healthy habits which made her feel better. She said she incorporated meditation, yoga, journaling, painting, and a nighttime ritual with candles and essential oils.
“Nobody’s had a perfect 2020”- Demi
Although the pandemic has been hard for everybody, Demi says there is a positive thing about it. The singer said that it has shone a light upon mental health in a way like never before. Demi explained, “For so many years, mental illness was seen as shameful. I certainly felt ashamed; I was made to feel ashamed. This comes from ignorance. People just didn’t understand what it was, people were scared of words such as anxiety and depression.”
Demi wrote that the more we are learning about mental health, the better we will be able to manage it as a public crisis. She said that education and the language we use around mental health is crucial. The singer says everything that has happened in 2020 has felt like a moment of change.
Demi wrote that even if she doesn’t have all the answers, she is hopeful for the future. She reminds us that the power for the future and the change is in the hands of Americans. The singer wrote although 2020 has been really tough for everybody, it is okay for things to not be okay sometimes. She wrote reflecting on her ‘Year of Growth’ in a new decade.
Demi wrote, “Personally, I’ve experienced extreme highs and lows. I met my fiancé in March and I fell in love with him…But I’ve also lost several people this year, which was tough.” She further added that she wants to be a better person and inspire people in so many ways. The singer says she wants to leave the world in a better place than when she first got here.
Demi concluded, “There are a lot of things that need to be done before that, but together I believe we can make it happen. You just need to be a little bit hopeful.”