Demi Lovato's ongoing efforts for the mental health community are being recognized in a big way.
The 24-year-old will be honored at this year's Open Mind Gala, a biannual event from The Jane and Terry Semel Institute. The gala recognizes individuals who "raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health issues," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Lovato will be given the Artistic Award of Courage for her constant involvement with mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder, depression and addiction. The "Confident" singer has been open and honest with her struggles that began back in 2013. She sought help through rehab and therapy, and explained that she's "living proof" of someone recovering from these issues. Just last year, she opened up to us on her advocacy and the country's duty to help those suffering from mental illnesses, saying, “We have to figure out something as a country about how we get mental health care to be as accessible as physical health care."
In 2015, Lovato launched Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, a joint campaign with five mental health organizations that encourages people to speak loud and proud on what they're struggling with. Later in the year, the star brought the issue all the way to Capitol Hill, saying, "I think it’s extremely important that we continue to raise the awareness and hopefully convince Congress to take more action.”
The gala, taking place on March 22 at the Beverly Hilton, will be hosted by Lisa Kudrow. Glee star Chord Overstreet will also take the stage for a special performance