“Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness, but I’m lucky,” Lovato told the crowd in Philadelphia.
“Untreated mental illness can lead to devastating consequences including suicide, substance abuse and long-term medical issues,” she said.
“I stand today as proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness,” Lovato said.
This is not the first time that the entertainer who turns 24 in August, has spoken candidly about her mental health.
In 2011, Lovato sat down with Robin Roberts and talked about her journey.
Lovato also said she began to understand why she started having suicidal thoughts at age 7.
Lovato became an advocate for mental health and a spokesperson for the Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health campaign.
“I knew that t were two options,” Lovato told Women’s Health last year.