Demi Lovato will offer therapy to fans on her new US tour
I think the majority of us would like to believe that, if we were famous, we would find ways to give back to those in need and the ones who got us to the position that we were in. Whether it's taking time to talk and engage with your fans or giving large amounts of money and raising awareness for charities, there are a variety of different ways that celebs can give back to the world.
However, Demi Lovato has come up with a different way of giving back and it's safe to say that it could be more meaningful than any amount of money or tweet replies. On her upcoming Tell Me You Love Me tour, Demi will give back to her fans through therapy.
The 25-year-old will have inspirational speeches and group therapy held by CAST Center before her concerts, in the hopes that it will begin an open dialogue about mental health. The singer is a co-owner of the Los Angeles mental health and wellness treatment center and was even a patient back in 2011.
It's not the first time that has offered the service, with it previously being available during her and Nick Jonas' Future Now tour in 2016.
"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 on Good Morning America on Wednesday. "So it'll be an incredible, very moving and inspiring experience."
"I want to do this because one, it was such an incredible experience the last time we did this on tour," Lovato said. "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. 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."
Lovato has previously spoken about her ongoing battles with bipolar disorder, eating disorders and substance abuse. But, last March, the singer celebrated five years of sobriety.
"I make it my life goal to inspire other people," Lovato said on Good Morning America. "I think that it's important for me to use my voice for more than just singing. I just know how important it is to use my platform to help others and to share my story in hopes that it inspires people to either get into recovery or better themselves. Whatever it is, I just want people to know they're not alone and I'm here for them."
"I think it's really important to take away the stigma of mental illness," she added. "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."
Fair play to Demi for offering therapy to her fans before her concerts. The more people in her position do to expel the stigma around mental health, the better.