In the wake of the mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College last week, Demi Lovato has spoken out against the stigma surrounding mental illness.
While appearing on MSNBC Live With Tamron Hall, the singer urged the public not to rush to conclusions about the shooter’s mental well-being.
“Unfortunately, we’ve had several instances where mental health has been brought to the attention by the media because of these tragedies,” she said.
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“I think it’s really important to remember that actually mental health—people with mental illness are actually more likely to inflict harm on themselves and become the victim rather than be the perpetrators.”
Demi was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 19, and has since been very open about her personal struggles.
Closer to home, this Saturday you can learn more about the importance of mental wellness at the Gold Coast Wellness Festival. Gold Coasters will be able to join a pledge to end stigma around mental illness and exhibitors will have a range of information and activities available.
The event will be held at Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade at Southport, from 9am-1pm on Saturday 10th October. For more information, visit http://www.fsg.org.au/get-involved/wellness-festival-2015/