Demi Lovato, who has been very open about her battle with bipolar disorder, will be honored at The Jane and Terry Semel Institute’s biannual Open Mind Gala on March 22 in Beverly Hills, California.
The Gala, hosted this year by Friends star Lisa Kudrow, celebrates those who work to raise awareness about and reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues.
Lovato will receive the Artistic Award of Courage for discussing her mental health issues in public as well as in her New York Times best-seller Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year which offers inspirational quotes as well as reflections on her life.
Another one of her most prominent displays of support was when she spoke at the Democratic National Convention in support of Hillary Clinton saying, “I stand here today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness.”
It is important to note that these celebrities coming out about their own mental illnesses have profound effects on their fans as well as others who are dealing with the same issues. I hope to see more artists standing up to the stigmas associated with mental health issues instead of pushing the matter aside.