In July, TMZ broke the news that the Disney star Demi Lovato had been rushed to the hospital after an apparent overdose. Ironically, Lovato released a song called “Sober” just a month before the apparent overdose. “Sober” was meant to celebrate the fact that she has been six years sober and dealing with addiction.
Demi is known for speaking out about her mental health. The star has suffered from bipolar disorder and is a huge advocate for mental health care. Lovato has partnered with Getty Images to produce #BeVocalSpeakUp photo collection to show what mental health REALLY looks like.
There’s an unfortunate stigma surrounding mental health that still keeps many people silenced about their own experiences, especially celebrities and their experiences. Dianna De La Garza (Lovato’s mother) spoke to Newsmax TV about her experience finding out, seeing Demi for the first time at the hospital, and Demi’s road to recovery.
What her mom has said
Her mom’s speech was a focal point for raising awareness on the overdosing crisis related to mental health we face worldwide. We start to realize that when public figures do not shy away from these difficult conversations, more people will be encouraged to seek the help they need, plus the thought of knowing that you are not alone.
With the awareness Demi’s story has brought to the world it is now up to us to continue fighting the social stigma regarding mental illnesses. Stigma causes people to feel ashamed for something that is out of their control. Worst of all, stigma prevents people from seeking the help they need.
Depression and mental illness is far more common than it used to be and it is not only Demi speaking out about it. Stars, such as Selena Gomez and Trevor Noah are also speaking out about mental health issues and dealing with them.
The 24-year old star, Selena Gomez, has opened up about her ongoing battle with depression and the changes she made as a result of these issues.
Selena has stated “If you are broken, you don’t have to stay broken,” she said on her social media pages. And now Selena is speaking about her journey she had to take to become un-“broken.”
During his acceptance speech as Comedy Person of the Year award at the Just for Laughs Awards in London, South Africa’s beloved comedian and The Daily Show presenter revealed his personal struggle with depression. He also honored Jim Carey for helping him come to terms with this reality.
Wise words from Trevor “Winning is getting to the end without committing suicide.”
Ways to help
It is not only the “mental health community” who needs to start breaking the stigma. It needs to be broken by the community at large. If you’re not sure how – here are four ways our TrendE community can respond.
- Talk Openly About Mental Health
Take every opportunity to share your personal story. In this way, you will educate yourself and others.
- Be compassionate
People with mental illnesses should not be shunned and made to feel weaker or inferior; they need love, to be heard and supported just like everyone else.
- Choose Empowerment Over Shame’
“Turn your demons into art, your shadow into a friend, your fear into fuel, your failures into teachers, your weaknesses into reasons to keep fighting. Don’t waste your pain. Recycle your heart.”-Andrea Balt
- Let The Media Know When They’re Being Stigmatizing
Educate people to be conscious of the language and the material they podcasts on social media
Stop The Stigma
As a community, we need to support these conversations. Today is World Mental Health Day. It is a day for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma. Celebrate this day by standing up against social stigma towards mental illnesses. People need to feel like they belong somewhere, and if you can make someone suffering, feel even a little more included, you might just change his or her whole attitude on life. #TrendEstopstigma.
Stay TrendE by stopping the stigma.