Experiencing Problems With This Video?
  • 1. Are you in Canada?
    Yes
    No
  • 2. What problem did you experience:
    The video did not load
    The video stalled
    The video ended abrubtly
    Other (please state):
  • 3. Please leave comments:
  • 4. Can we contact you for more information or inform you on updates?(optional)
    Email:
Submit your video Error.

A Message From Lauren

Open

A Message From Lauren

I have to be honest; I haven't yet in my life encountered a close friend or family member who has had to endure serious depression or other mental illnesses. But I could be faced with this in the future. I recognize and know that mental illnesses affect a great number of people in Canada and it can happen to anyone, especially teens.

1 in 4 teens will suffer depression before they graduate high school. It's a staggering statistic and it's scary. But what we need to communicate to young people is that this is very common and they're not alone. There are thousands of other people going through similar struggles and we need to start talking about what those struggles are and what it feels like. We all need to find the courage to ask for help when we need it. We need to address the stigma surrounding mental health issues and get people talking about what's become a taboo topic.

Someone who is a spectacular role model for this cause is singer and actress, Demi Lovato. As you may already know she was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder once she entered a rehab program for depression, eating disorders, cutting, and posttraumatic stress late last year. At the core, there's nothing different between you, me, or Demi Lovato. She was a teenager going through these very common problems, but it all just happened to be photographed and publicized on blogs.

I recently interviewed Demi Lovato about everything she's been through and it's especially surprising to see a 19 year old be so poised and articulate about what she's feeling and how she deals on a daily basis. She's proving that you can still reach for the stars and accomplish your dreams without sacrificing things and without letting depression or bi-polar disorder cripple your life. Most importantly Demi was able to see her personal struggles as an opportunity to help others, especially her fans. Demi Lovato wanted to set a great example and finally embrace the fact that she is a role model to so many young people.

Close

Twitter Stream

Tweet

Recent Posts

About Demi Lovato: Unbroken

Lauren Toyota recently interviewed Demi Lovato about everything she's been through and it's especially surprising to see a 19 year old be so poised and articulate about what she's feeling and how she deals on a daily basis. She's proving that you can still reach for the stars and accomplish your dreams without sacrificing things and without letting depression or bi-polar disorder cripple your life. Most importantly Demi was able to see her personal struggles as an opportunity to help others, especially her fans. Demi Lovato wanted to set a great example and finally embrace the fact that she is a role model to so many young people. Watch the full interview in Demi Lovato: Unbroken on February 8 at 7 PM ET on Much.

If you or anyone you know is dealing with depression or other mental or emotional health concerns, contact Kids Help Phone.

Mind Your Mind