Mental Health

Big Congrats and Thanks to Demi for the Past 6 Years

The 6 year anniversary of Demi Lovato’s rehab release was on Saturday, otherwise known by her fans as Demi Day or Unbroken Day.

For those who don’t know, she went to rehab for alcohol, drugs, self harming and an eating disorder. During her stay at the rehab centre, she was diagnosed with bipolar II.

She is someone I really look up to. The strength she has gained over the past few years is so inspiring. She has accomplished so much in her personal life and in her career. From being someone who was once so ashamed of her body and skin, she is now confident in showing it off. She is now nominated for her first Grammy award; something she has always dreamed of. I am so proud of her.

In the past 6 years, she has impacted millions of lives. She has been so open and honest about her journey. She has helped save lives of millions around the world struggling with mental illness.

She is a true mental health advocate. She not only speaks about her mental health issues but she has partnered with organizations, gone to congress, started a scholarship for those who can’t afford treatment. Hell, she took a few professionals from CAST Recovery on tour with her so that people going to her shows would have a opportunity to get help.

She is so strong. She still does have bad days, like everyone, but she remains so honest about it, which takes a lot of courage. She eventually gets right back up (in her own pace) because she knows that she is loved and worthy. She knows that she has an amazing life and that millions of people got her back.

Around the time she was in treatment, I was just discovering that I had mild depression and anxiety. It’s kind of weird looking back because it’s like we’ve been in this together the whole time. When she got out of rehab, I remember her telling her story on 20/20 (and other outlets but 20/20 is the one I remember the most) and I had just learned, like a month prior, that I had depression. I remember relating to her so much and getting so emotional. In that moment, I realized it was going to be hard but that I wasn’t alone.

I had a rough first few years dealing with the depression, but I always felt that she was there for me through her music, jokes, videos and social media posts.

September 2014, I had my first hospital visit due to thoughts of suicide, and after that I struggled a lot. Demi, as well as my best friend, kept me going until I was well enough to keep myself alive.

The next month, I met Demi for the first time. Words cannot explain how that felt. I gave her a hug, thanked her for everything and made her a promise that I would try my best to stay strong. I’ve had a few breakdowns and a lot of bad days since but something that Demi has taught me is that it’s okay to have bad days, as long as we eventually get back up.

Demi is a big reason why I became a mental health advocate and blogger. She showed me how much words can impact people’s lives. Most of my days are dedicated to helping others, so f it wasn’t for her, I don’t know what I would be doing right now.

We both have dealt with a lot but we are warriors. Even though we are miles away from each other, we will continue to fight and go through this journey together together.

Can’t wait to see what she has in store for 2017.

Thanks again Demi. And I am so proud of you.

Jessica Victoria
<p>Jessica Victoria, 24, is a writer and advocate for mental health, disability and LGBTQ+. She uses her personal experiences and knowledge to help and educate others.</p>

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