Demi Lovato has traveled a hard road. The 23-year-old singer found fame early, but it wasn’t the balm so many hope it will be: Lovato suffered from depression. She developed an eating disorder and experimented with even worse ways to harm herself. Then she somehow found the courage to become a real star, less celluloid hero songstress than a shining light that helped people find their way. Lovato is a ferocious mental health advocate, winning over followers who have never heard her sing. Lovato spoke movingly at the Democratic National Convention, and spoke for a group that too rarely speaks for itself: the mentally ill.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) July 26, 2016
Lovato says she is “lucky.” She was in a position to get the help she needed. But too many can’t, and feel desperately alone. “We can do better,” Lovato told the DNC. “Every one of us can make a difference by getting educated on this epidemic and its frightening statistics and by breaking the stigma.” Lovato’s consistent speaking out on the issue is part of the public’s education, if they’ll have it. She sang “Confident” to drive home her fighting point. 37.3 million people follow Lovato on Twitter.