Demi Lovato Announces She Will Offer Group Therapy Before Concerts on 'Tell Me You Love Me' Tour
Singer and mental health advocate Demi Lovato announced a concert “perk” fans struggling with their mental health may benefit from.
“[It’s] basically like a therapy session before the concerts and we have speakers from all over and we’re also helping out with different charities from around the country,” Lovato said. “So it’ll be an incredible, very moving and inspiring experience.”
According to CAST Centers, concert ticket holders will have the opportunity to sign up for free sessions led by Mike Bayer, the founder and CEO of CAST Centers. In addition, each show will feature guest speakers who will share their stories as well as lead group discussions around wellness.
This isn’t the first time the singer has partnered with CAST Centers, a Los Angeles based mental health treatment facility where she was a patient in 2011, and now co-owns. On the “Future Now” tour with Nick Jonas in 2016, Lovato offered similar mental health services before each concert. On the tour, special guest speakers included Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Phil McIntyre, Bea Miller and Metta World Peace.
The singer said she wanted to offer these services at her concerts again because it was an incredible experience on her last tour.
I’ve actually met people that go to CAST because they went to CAST on tours and realized they needed to get sober or they needed to better themselves in some other way and it’s changed lives and I want to be able to do that again. My whole life, you know, is about giving back and I think it’s really important that I continue to do this while I’m on tour.
Lovato has never shied away from talking about her own struggles with bipolar disorder, addiction and an eating disorder. In her YouTube documentary “Simply Complicated,” released in October of last year, Lovato detailed her upbringing and how it affected her own mental health.
“I think that it’s important for me to use my voice for more than just singing,” Lovato told Good Morning America. “I just know how important it is to use my platform to help others… I just want people to know they’re not alone and I’m here for them.”
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