AceShowbiz - Demi Lovato helped kick off the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25. The singer took the stage to raise awareness about mental illness, before performing her hit "Confident", the title track off her fifth studio album.
Donning a pink bodycon dress covered in sequins, she opened up about her own experience with similar problems. "Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness," she said. "But I'm lucky. I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility."
She continued, "Unfortunately too many Americans from all walks of life don't get help, either because they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment. Untreated mental illness can lead to devastating consequences including suicide, substance abuse, and long-term medical issues."
"We can do better. Every one of us can make a difference by getting educated on this epidemic and its frightening statistics, and by breaking the stigma," she added. The 23-year-old then urged politicians to support laws that would provide better access to healthcare and support for everyone. "This is not about politics, it is simply the right thing to do," she said.
Demi also declared her support for the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. "I stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness," she continued. "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. Let's make her the next president of the United States of America."
She then segued into her song "Confident", joined by two backup dancers on the stage.