Demi Lovato To Spotlight Mental Health & Wellness On Upcoming Tour

By David Konow 01/26/18

The pop star will offer fans a support center featuring mental health seminars and special guest speakers.

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Demi Lovato is among a number of singers who have publicly spoken out about their struggles with mental health and substance use. Now she tells Good Morning America that she will be helping people on the road with their mental health for the second tour in a row.

Lovato is currently the co-owner of CAST Centers, which is where she went to get help with substance use issues years ago. (She hit her five-year sober milestone in 2017.)

Mike Bayer, the founder and CEO of CAST Centers, said “it’s been incredible” to have Lovato spreading the word about the treatment centers, as well as the importance of good mental health in general. (Lovato credits Bayer with saving her life.)

“It’s been such a journey watching her go from being a patient to advocate to now being an owner,” Bayer says. “It makes me so happy to see her joining group over at CAST and mentoring other women when she doesn’t have to.”

Lovato herself says, “I think that it’s important that I use my voice for more than just singing and I just know how important it is to use my platform to help others and to share my story in hopes [that] it inspires people to either get into recovery or better themselves. Whatever it is, I just want people to know they’re not alone and I’m here for them.”

Back in 2016, Lovato took CAST on the road with her for the first time, setting up support centers for her fans that come to her shows, and bringing in special speakers, which she’s repeating again with her current road jaunt. The singer describes the CAST seminars as a “therapy session before the concerts... we have speakers from all over and we’re also helping out with different charities from around the country, so it’ll be incredible and a very moving and inspiring experience.”

Bayer told Teen Vogue that one of the big goals of the tour is to help take away the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and to show Lovato’s fans that it’s okay to admit that you need to get help. “Shame’s just such a lousy feeling,” he said. “There’s nothing positive that comes out of shame.”

Hopefully, Bayer says, their efforts can get fans to “believe mental health should be mainstream and just as cool as going to the gym.” 

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