Demi Lovato Teams Up With Former U.S. Rep to Push Mental Health Legislation

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Demi Lovato is getting political.

According to The Hill, the 22-year-old belleza has teamed up with former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy to get Congress to pass a mental health legislation. Kennedy has long been an advocate for mental health reform, and Lovato has personally struggled with bipolar disorder.

On Thursday morning, Lovato addressed an audience at the National Alliance on Mental Illness' convention in Washington, D.C. about the need for a comprehensive mental health bill.

“Those of us here today know that mental illness has no prejudice. It affects people of every race, age, gender, religion and economic status. It doesn’t discriminate between Republicans or Democrats, either,” Lovato said, according to The Washington Post.

"We’ve seen increased attention to our country’s broken mental health system over the past few years, but we’ve seen very little action."

"Today our message is very clear: it’s time for Congress to act for mental health by supporting the passage of a comprehensive mental health bill this year,” the singer continued.

Lovato was later joined on stage by Kennedy, The Hill reports. “This is an issue that is a civil rights issue," he said.

"It’s about the discrimination against our brothers and sisters simply because of the immutable fact that their illness, as immutable as the color of their skin, is the illness of the brain as opposed to an illness of any other organ in the body.”

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