Singer Demi Lovato was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011.
Since then, the 24-year-old Albuquerque, New Mexico native has been an outspoken advocate for those coping with with various forms of mental illness.
Lovato has struggled with addition, eating disorders and cutting, and she's been vocal about those periods in her life.
Demi Lovato's message is quite clear: Staying silent about mental illness helps no one.
Speaking with PEOPLE, Lovato said,
The 24-year-old said when it comes to coping with bipolar disorder and mental illness, each day is a "work in progress" for her.
Lovato also opened up about how crucial it is to have a caring support system of friends and family. She said,
Lovato spoke about how distraction became a major tool for her in times when she felt somewhat destructive.
In her initiative to empower others to speak up, Demi Lovato reportedly joined forces with five mental health organizations in May of 2015.
Whether it be speaking about mental health issues with family and friends or mental health professionals, communication appears to be the real key.
Speaking on the partnership, Lovato said,
This coming March, Lovato will reportedly be five years free of addiction, but she's determined to take it slow. She said,
You go, Demi!
Citations: Demi Lovato Opens Up About Her Bipolar Disorder: 'I'm Living Proof of Living Well' with Mental Illness (PEOPLE)