Pop singer Demi Lovato has announced that her upcoming tour will feature group therapy, inspirational speeches, and wellness workshops for concertgoers to attend before the performance starts.
Eonline reports the free prêt-à-porter mental health carnival accompanying her Tell Me You Love Me tour will provide services from CAST Centers, a Los Angeles-based wellness center. Lovato is a former client and co-owner of CAST.
According to its website, CAST’s mission is “…to promote cultural changes to de-stigmatize mental health issues and allow such issues to be accepted and addressed by those affected, their families and other in a manner similar to non-mental health issues. Our goal is to make healthy living ‘cool’ and, at the same time, promote understanding and acceptance of mental health issues.”
Speaking to Good Morning America, Lovato said of the tour’s warm and fuzzy opening act, “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… So it’ll be an incredible, very moving and inspiring experience.”
“It’s a part of my whole…life, about giving back and I think it’s really important that I continue to do this while I’m on tour,” the 25-year-old singer continued.
The singer held a similar experience on her Future Now tour with Nick Jonas in 2016.
Lovato says she’s struggled with mental health issues for years, including bipolar disorder, addiction, and eating disorders.
“I actually have bipolar disorder, and I’m very open about that because I think that mental health affects so many people and we need to take the stigma away from it,” Lovato said on Good Morning America.
A recent study from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Psychology found left-wingers are more prone to be diagnosed with mental illness when compared to conservatives.
Rates of bipolar depression are much higher in people with far left politics, and even more so in left-wing women. The sample group for that study found no very conservative women with bipolar disorder.
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