International Women’s Day: Lovato to get Artistic Award of Courage for sharing her battle against bipolar disorder

The fear of stigma and discrimination often tends to prevent people, especially women, from opening up about their mental health problems that might be making their lives miserable. More and more information is being shared about treating psychiatric disorders as important as physical disorders for a happy life. This has helped in spreading awareness and enhancing the understanding about mental problems. As a result, many Americans, including celebrities, are encouraged to seek necessary help and share their struggle with psychological illnesses, a topic once considered a taboo and discussed only in hushed tones. Singer, songwriter and actress Demi Lovato is one of them who has shown the courage to defy societal norms and speak aloud about her mental health issues.

To encourage people to open up the discussion on mental health problems, Demi Lovato, the Skyscraper singer, will be felicitated with the Artistic Award of Courage at the Open Mind Gala in Beverly Hills in the end of March 2016 for talking about her struggle with bipolar disorder. Realizing that she needed help, Lovato approached mental health services for her problems with addiction, self-harming tendencies and eating disorders that were diagnosed in 2011. She was also detected with signs of bipolar disorder.

To celebrate the achievements, joys and acts of courage and determination of women like Lovato, International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. The campaign theme for 2017 is “Be Bold for Change” that reminds the need to address gender parity in all sectors.

Voicing concerns about mental health issues

The number of people suffering from mental illnesses is gradually increasing, though not all avail the necessary services needed to address their problems. Stressing on the fact that mental disorders are treatable, Lovato said, “It’s possible to live well, feel well, and also find happiness with bipolar disorder or any other mental illness they’re struggling with.”

In 2015, Lovato became the spokesperson for the “Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health Campaign,” an initiative led by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals in collaboration with a number of advocacy organizations. Explaining on what convinced her to come out so publicly in favor of mental health treatment advancement, Lovato added, “It’s a passion of mine, mental health advocacy, and I’ve decided to partner up with ‘Be Vocal’ because it’s something that’s really powerful when it comes to not only informing people about what mental illness is, but also what you can do to get help.”

Understanding the underlying importance of mental health

The term healthy describes a balanced mind and a healthy body. An increasing number of people are adapting themselves to new routines and adopting ways and means to stay fit, but not many consider it necessary to visit a mental health practitioner for psychological problems.

Lovato, unlike most people, is determined to continue her crusade against depression. The dangerous effects of mental illness forced Lovato to produce a documentary, titled “Beyond Silence,” that focused on three different people with distinct mental illnesses. Though the disorders affecting them were different, an important point that came to the light was the fact that all of them faced the same emotional turmoil.

The documentary that aims to raise awareness about the increasing pervasiveness of emotional distress has been produced in conjunction with five mental health organizations. This is an important step because bipolar disorder, characterized by drastic highs and lows in mood and energy levels, affects roughly 2.6 percent American adults, as per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Road to recovery

It is important to stress on adopting habits that would ensure good mental health just as people do so to remain physically fit. Being emotionally healthy is a need, and not an option. If you or your loved one is struggling with any kind of mental illness and is looking for necessary help, get in touch with the 24/7 Mental Health Helpline for information on mental health facilities near you. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-653-8178 for expert advice about innovative and evidence-based mental health programs available in your vicinity.