Since her powerful performance at the 2020 Grammy’s and latest hit single I Love Me, singer-songwriter Demi Lovato, 27, has been pretty candid about her years of struggles with mental health. And as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the world, confining billions to their homes with zero social interaction, Lovato is all too much aware of the negative effects of this overdose of me-time and isolation on a person’s mental health.
Thus, in an attempt to help those battling anxiety, depression, substance abuse, or other mental health challenges, Demi Lovato will be helping to launch The Mental Health Fund, which will be aiding four organizations carrying out crisis counseling via text messaging. Over $2.5 million have already been raised by the fund.
“So many have been left alone with their thoughts, their anxieties, their abusers – and are struggling with the uncertainty of these times. That is why I am helping to launch #TheMentalHealthFund to support organizations who are meeting the increased demand in crisis counseling due to COVID-19. You are not alone. Help is fast, free and available 24/7,” she wrote in an Instagram post, announcing the launch of The Mental Health Fund.
In a chat with People, the Anyone singer reflected further upon the less-discussed side-effect of the pandemic. “It’s so important that people have these lines because sometimes you feel really alone and you don’t know where to turn or who to talk to,” Lovato shared. “You’re afraid that these thoughts you’re having are too dark, and you need guidance. That’s where this comes in. It can provide help to people who are struggling.”
Demi Lovato stressed on ditching the stigma associated with seeking help for mental health as it “is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength.” Society may call us weak for it but “the strongest thing someone can do is take that first step in getting help, whatever shape or form that is.”
Lovato went on to share how she is coping with social distancing, which has slowly stretched on for weeks. In these trying times, she has relied on her friends, family, a “really good treatment team” and self-care by staying active. It involves exercising, going on walks with her dogs, taking up nature photography, yoga, meditating- “anything that helps you focus and get centered is really good for you.”