Actress and singer Demi Lovato kicked off the first night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention on Monday, speaking about mental illness and breaking into an amazing performance.
Lovato, 23, began her speech by opening up about her past.
“Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness, but I’m lucky I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility,” Lovato said. “Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don’t get help, either because they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment.”
Lovato has previously revealed she has bipolar disorder and used to harm herself as a way of coping. She has also said she suffered with an eating disorder as a teenager, and abused drugs and alcohol.
“I urge every politician to support laws that will provide better access to better healthcare and support for everyone,” Lovato said at the convention. “This is not about politics. It’s simply the right thing to do.”
Back in October, Lovato told The Huffington Post: “There’s such torment with these issues, which I’ve personally dealt with as well. I hope my involvement just helps someone with mental illness in some way.”
After speaking, Lovato performed her hit song, “Confident,” backup singers and all.
Watch the video above.