"Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect." That’s the message Demi Lovato wishes to send girls her age that may be going through difficult situations.
The "Love is Louder” campaign was started by actress Brittney Low in September 2010, and Lovato is joining the effort to help others deal with the pressure she felt before having the emotional breakdown that led her to rehab.
Lovato revealed that she has come out stronger after her parents and manager encouraged her to get help. "I basically had a nervous breakdown. I was really bad off. My parents and my manager pulled me aside and said, 'You need to get some help.' It was an intervention. I wanted freedom from the inner demons. I wanted to start my life over," she tells Seventeen magazine.
The actress spent more than four months in rehab. “There’s a ton of pressure out there to meet impossible standards,” Lovato continued. “To look right, be smart, be thin, talented, and popular - and many of us feel like we have to be everything to everyone, but it doesn’t have to be that way.”
The 18-year-old singer teamed up with the Seventeen and The Jed Foundation to address the issue in a PSA that would speak to teenage girls about ways to deal with the stress and pressure of society.
A recent Yahoo survey conducted in partnership with this effort revealed that 74 percent of young women feel pressured to be “perfect.” While 81 percent also feel overwhelmed with life, fifteen percent of young women have purposefully hurt themselves.
You can get involved with the “Love is Louder” campaign by submitting a picture of yourself giving pressure “the hand,” like Lovato does in this video.