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DNC: Demi Lovato speaks out on mental illness before performing

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Before Demi Lovato’s planned performance Monday evening at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the singer offered an impassioned speech about mental illness.

The singer, who previously spent time in a treatment center for bipolar disorder and anorexia, spoke out on her own experience and the struggle facing those 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. 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.”

She called on lawmakers and the public to be more proactive. “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,” said Lovato. “This is not about politics. It’s simply the right thing to do.”

After her speech, the singer performed her hit song, “Confident.”

Eva Longoria, Sarah Silverman, and Michelle Obama are among the other speakers on Monday night.

Watch clips from her speech and her performance below.

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