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Singer Demi Lovato Helps Launch Mental Health Documentary

Singer Demi Lovato has spent the past several years serving as an advocate for addiction and mental health awareness. Her work now culminates with a documentary that shines a light on mental health issues.

Variety reported that Lovato is co-producing a documentary called Beyond Silence, which follows three individuals with mental illness as they share their story. She collaborated with five mental health organizations throughout the filming process.

“It’s important that we get that message out there because mental health is so important — it’s just important as physical health,” she said. “I hope that this film will show people that there is nothing wrong with having a mental health condition. If you do have one, you are able to live well and thrive if you are able to speak up and be vocal about the things you are going through.”

Although the three individuals in the film received inpatient treatment to address their condition, Lovato said she’s aware that’s not possible for everyone. She recommended the website bevocalspeakup.com, which provides several options for obtaining help that range from a free hotline to advice on asking loved ones for assistance.

Lovato, who has overcome her own battles with eating disorders and bipolar disorder, expressed the importance of being open about these issues in order to normalize them and remove negative stigmas surrounding addiction and mental health.

“There’s something about when you speak out and are vocal about your story, it’s very inviting to others who are dealing with the same thing. And if you can make that impact on somebody’s life, it does something for you spiritually that makes you want to tell the story again and again and again,” said Lovato. “It’s very important we create conversations, we take away the stigma, and that we stand up for ourselves if we’re dealing with the symptoms of a mental illness.”