The Fight For Mental Health Awareness

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When most people hear the two words “mental illness”, a stigma comes to mind of human beings who are “stupid”, “retarded”, “hopeless”, and “incapable”. Society as a whole undermines the serious and harsh realities of hardships ones with mental health issues face each and everyday. Mental health awareness and advocacy has recently come more into focus, as celebrities such as Demi Lovato are using their voice to speak out and make an impact in our world. Demi inspires and advocates for those who are too ashamed and too scared to stand up for themselves. In November 2010 after an intervention by her family and friends, Demi Lovato checked herself into a treatment facility to receive support for her severe depression, bulimia, anorexia and cutting (Vena). Since she left the program in January 2011, she has been an extreme advocate in the fight for mental health awareness (MacKenzie). On September 4th 2014, the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) honored her for her actions, encouragements, and support efforts. She is one of the leaders in the movement, and is not backing down from the fight. With her influential status, Demi Lovato spoke at the NAMI National Convention in support to effectively decrease the stigma of mental illness by education and providing awareness to implement a much-needed change in our world.
The introduction to the speech begins with Mary Giliberti, the National Alliance of Mental Illness National Executive Director, proclaiming Demi’s
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