Demi Lovato is taking her struggle with mental illness to the small screen
The actress, who has spoken out about bipolar disorder and substance abuse, is producing a new documentary.
She didn't intend to become a poster child for the mental illness community. But when you're Demi Lovato, with an audience of millions and a personal life that's been front and center almost your entire life ... you play the hand you're dealt.
At only 25, the actress/singer is balancing her successful career with a determination to help others dealing with mental illness discover their own truth. "The reason why I became so open about my story is because I know that
there are people here tonight that need to ask for help and I want them
to know that it's OK," Lovato told fans at a recent concert. "Mental health is something that we all need to
talk about and we need to take the stigma away from it. So let's raise
the awareness. Let's let everybody know it's OK to have a mental illness
and addiction problem. I'm bipolar, whatever. I take care of myself."
And now, Lovato is adding "documentarian" to her impressive roster. With Shaul Schwarz as executive producer, Lovato recently released "Beyond Silence," which follows three people and their experiences with mental illness. Schwarz, an Israeli-born filmmaker and photographer, is no stranger to heavy-hitting global issues in films. He also produced "Trophy," which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival to heaping praise. That film centered on the controversy of trophy hunting in the African wilderness.
For Lovato, who was diagnosed with bipolar depression in 2011, "Beyond Silence" is another logical step in her journey to remove the stigma of mental illness and help people advocate for themselves.
“I hope that this film will show people that there is nothing wrong with having a mental health condition,” Lovato told Variety. “If you do have one, you are able to live well and thrive with a mental health condition, if you are able to speak up and be vocal about the things you are going through.”
Watch the trailer for "Beyond Silence" here:
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