American actress Demi Lovato, a singer and songwriter who candidly shared her diagnosis with bipolar disorder has become a mental health advocate with a goal in helping to dispel the stigma that is still besetting our societies today. Lovato recently topped CNN’s list of nine mental wellness warriors, which also included others like Fred Frese, Pete Earley, Ted Stanley, Leon Evans, Sarah Spitz, Mia St. John, Michael Woody, and Creigh Deeds.
The 22-year-old actress was featured on the cover of American National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) Magazine last year September with the message “Call to Action” day, telling the audience she will fight for comprehensive mental health reform. She also launched what she calls the Mental Health Listening and Engagement Tour to meet others struggling with mental health issues.
“Those of us here today,” she told NAMI supporters, “know that mental illness has no prejudice. It affects people of every race, age, gender, religion and economic status. … We need to send the simple message to our nation’s leaders: Mental health matters and must be taken seriously.”
The actress first made her debut in the silver screen as a child actress in “Barney & Friends”. Other acting roles she has played include “As The Bell Rings”, “Sonny With A Chance”, and ” X-Factor”, just to name a few.
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