Demi Lovato has long been a famous face of the mental health movement: Ever since she very publicly began undergoing treatment in 2010, she's spoken out about her own experiences with bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and drug and alcohol addiction and pushed for an end to the stigma surrounding mental illness.
So we weren't surprised to hear about Lovato's latest undertaking to bring mental illness out of the shadows: On Friday, the singer released a short documentary called Beyond Silence, which was created as a part of her Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health campaign. Lovato started the campaign with a group of national mental health organizations in 2015, and she acted as executive producer of the film.
Clocking in at just 30 minutes long, Beyond Silence follows the stories of three people living with different mental health conditions. Jeff, Lauren, and Lloyd's diagnoses vary (from bipolar disorder to schizophrenia), but their stories are all similar — all three say their lives have been changed for the better because they decided to speak up about mental health.
"These stories really stick out to me," Lovato told The Huffington Post. "I'm very excited that people are going to be able to hear about their journeys."
This is Lovato's first real venture behind the scenes when it comes to mental health advocacy — but she says that's precisely what she wants to be doing right now.
"It's important for me to open up a new chapter in my life," she said. "I've shared a lot about my past and my experiences with my mental health condition, and it's important that now it's about other people. I want to raise their voice, as well."
You can watch the full documentary for free at bevocalspeakup.com/documentary.
[h/t The Huffington Post]