Demi Lovato is helping launch The Mental Health Fund amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The initiative aims to help those affected by anxiety and mental health issues. “It’s so important that people have these lines because sometimes you feel really alone and you don’t know where to turn or who to talk to,” Demi shared. “You’re afraid that these thoughts you’re having are too dark, and you need guidance. That’s where this comes in. It can provide help to people who are struggling.” She adds, “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,” she says. “But the strongest thing someone can do is take that first step in getting help, whatever shape or form that is.”
The Mental Health Fund will support four organizations dedicated to crisis counseling via text message.
Over the last several weeks of social distancing, Lovato – who’s been leaning on her friends, family and a “really good treatment team” – says some of her favorite forms of self-care have involved staying active.
“I’ve been exercising and going on walks. I like walking my dogs. I was doing yoga in the beginning but kind of fell off,” she told People. “I’ll start that back up again. Meditating … anything that helps you focus and get centered is really good for you.”