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‘Asking for help is not a sign of weakness’: Demi Lovato starts Mental Health Fund

To help people get through the psychological impacts of COVID-19, the singer has started a new mental health charity

Demi Lovato performs “Anyone” at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. The singer has been outspoken about her struggles with mental illness, and hopes to help others through COVID-19 with her new Mental Health Fund.
Demi Lovato performs “Anyone” at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. The singer has been outspoken about her struggles with mental illness, and hopes to help others through COVID-19 with her new Mental Health Fund.
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On Monday pop star star Demi Lovato announced on Instagram that she would be starting a new charity, called the Mental Health Fund, in order to provide people with free crisis counseling during COVID-19.

The Mental Health Fund aims to raise $5 million for the Crisis Text Line in the United States, as well as other 24/7 crisis counseling options in in the United Kingdom and Canada, NBCLA reports. In just two days, the Mental Health Fund has already received more than $2 million in donations.

“Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength. Oftentimes our society tells us that if we ask for help, we are weak,” the performer shared with People Magazine. “But the strongest thing someone can do is take that first step in getting help, whatever shape or form that is.”

CNN reports Lovato has a long history of mental health activism after revealing she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015.

The Harvard Gazette reports that studies have already shown the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significantly negative impact on the public’s mental health. Karestan Koenan, a professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, predicts that global rates of depression and anxiety will likely increase due to the outbreak.