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WATCH: Demi Lovato's powerful speech on mental illness at Democratic National Convention

Sasha Brady

Published 26/07/2016 | 12:03

Singer Demi Lovato performs on stage during the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Singer Demi Lovato performs on stage during the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Demi Lovato delivered a moving speech on mental illness at the Democratic National Convention in the US.

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The 2016 Democratic National Convention kicked off Monday night in Philadelphia's Convention Hall.

The opening music performance came from longtime Hillary Clinton supporter, Demi Lovato.

The singer used her time on the stage to talk about her struggles with mental illness and the importance of breaking the stigma around treating and talking about mental health.

Lovato, who has been open about her own struggles with mental illness, self-harm, an eating disorder and drug addiction in the past, spoke to the thousands of attendees about her battles, and championed for reform on these issues in Washington.

"Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness," Demi said. "But I am lucky. I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility. Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don’t get help, whether they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment.

"We can do better. Every one of us can make a difference by getting educated on this frightening epidemic and by breaking the stigma."

She added: "I urge politicians to break the stigma and support laws that provide access to better healthcare. This is not about politics; it's the right thing to do."

The 23-year-old said she is "proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness."

After her speech, Lovato performed Confident, the title track from her last album.

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