Demi Lovato is a true role model and an inspiration to people of all ages. The singer was recently honoured by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for her work and dedication to helping others with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Lovato, who has been very outspoken about her past experiences with bulimia, anorexia, bipolar disorder, drugs and cutting was named an honourary co-chairperson for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day recently.
At her acceptance speech, which you can watch in full below, the pop star stressed the importance of sharing her story with others. “I know how significant hearing my story can be to the people I meet who’ve gone through and are going through similar challenges,” she says. “I will not let me past define who I am today. I’m a survivor of mental health and substance abuse issues, and I’m not ashamed.”
Don’t miss Demi when she makes her MMVA debut performance on Sunday, June 16.