Demi Lovato, you know her hits “Cool For The Summer” and “Sorry Not Sorry,” wants to bring mental health awareness to the forefront of her upcoming tour. On Wednesday, Lovato announced a partnership with CAST Centers, an organization that provides assistance to those dealing with addiction and mental health disorders, to provide free (well, free with ticket cost) sessions for fans who attend her show.
Lovato is pretty public about her struggle and ongoing rehabilitation with bulimia, bipolar disorder, and drug abuse—this CAST partnership would offer fans a chance to ask their own questions about mental health.
This isn’t the first time Lovato has engaged in these conversations, either: In 2014, Lovato joined a traveling event called The Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour, where she didn’t perform music, but spoke with mental health experts about her own experiences in front of a public audience.
In the last year, we’ve seen a number of artists speak up about their own mental health: Jay-Z discussed going to therapy for the first time in his 40s during the promotion of his 2017 album 4:44; Logic, an up-and-comer rap star, discussed contemplating and surviving suicide on his song “1-800-273-8255,” the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Selena Gomez spoke to Vogue last year about cancelling a tour to properly deal with anxiety and depression. And all the way back in 2012, Lady Gaga provided a bus outside of her Born This Way Ball tour, where fans could receive free counseling on bullying, depression, and mental health.
Major pop stars who discuss mental health in a public forum illustrate the importance of open, honest conversation to their fans. They can progress the dialogue over a subject that, while intensely personal, is still seen as taboo to a lot of people. It’s nice to see Lovato make an effort to help her fans, but wouldn’t it be nice if it was predicated on being able to afford a concert ticket? Therapy’s expensive enough.