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Demi Lovato Has Perfect Response When Asked About Mental Health and Shootings

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Demi Lovato has been a mental health reform rock star this week.

The singer, known for both her chart-topping hits and speaking up about her experiences with mental illness, headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday to speak to legislators about pushing comprehensive mental health reform, representing Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health initiative. Her visit fell during the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Hill Day, when hundreds of behavioral health providers, administrators and other members of mental health organizations come to D.C. to advocate for mental health reform.

She’s also debunking connections between violence and mental illness. Last night, Lovato went on “Live With Tamron Hall” to talk about why she was visiting D.C. During her interview, she put some stereotypes about those with mental illness to rest.

When Hall asked about the media’s tendency to discuss mental illness exclusively after a mass shooting, the singer responded, “It’s important to remember people with mental illness are actually more likely to inflict harm on themselves and become the victim rather than be the perpetrators.”

She added the importance of being vocal about your mental health and fighting for comprehensive mental health reform.

You can watch the full interview below: 


Related: John Oliver Nails the Real Problem With Discussing Mental Health and Shootings


Originally published: October 7, 2015
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