“I think it’s very important that people raise the importance of mental health because it’s something that’s so taboo to talk about,” she says. “The more people know about it, the more people are going to be able to find solutions to what they’re going through.”
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Demi has been open about her past health struggles, which include substance-abuse issues, bulimia, and cutting. In 2011, she entered a treatment facility where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Now, she says, she’s candid about her struggles and recovery “because it’s something I’m very passionate about.”
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She also touched on Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington’s recent death after a long struggle with mental illness, saying that it’s important for people to speak up when they’re facing a mental health battle. “It’s a very unfortunate situation and I feel terrible for [Bennington’s] friends and family, but I know that maybe this will raise the topic into conversation around mental illness and mental health and help somebody,” she says.
Demi doesn’t just speak out to raise awareness of mental health—she recently executive produced a documentary called Beyond Silence, which follows three people and their experiences with mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.