According to the World Health Organization one in every four people will suffer from mental or neurological disorders. Because of this, mental health is currently very relevant in the media. Celebrities such as Demi Lovato and Demetrius Harmon are advocates for mental health and often speak about education and treatment for mental health. Lovato, who is now 23, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and spoke out about the relief she has had since she was diagnosed (Elle Magazine). “Getting the diagnosis kind of explained why I would act out,” she said. “So when I was diagnosed, I went back and told my manager and my parents and my closest friends. I was like, ‘Hey, so I’m bipolar …that‘s why….Four out of ten people with mental illness get help,” she says. “You have to wonder about the other six.” The level of care Lovato has received motivated her to become an advocate. Demi Lovato performed and spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Her speech highlighted mental illness in America. (USA Today). “Untreated mental illness can lead to devastating consequences including suicide, substance abuse and long-term medical issues,” she said. “We can do better. Every one of us can make a difference by getting educated on this epidemic and its frightening statistics and by breaking the stigma.” Mental illness is not something that should be taken lightly and Demi Lovato knows this and shares this with her fans and anyone that may need to hear what she has to say about mental health.
Harmon’s message in his video short titled “Be Happy” is that “A large misconception is that depression and happiness can’t coexist; depression lies dormant in all of us until something triggers it” (Affinity Magazine). It released on September 18th of this year. Harmon explained why he chose the title. “J. Cole has a song ‘Intro’ on Forest Hills Drive, and the night my aunt passed away I played that song over and over. He goes, ‘Do you wanna, do you wanna be…happy.’ When it came time for to name the short, I automatically knew to name it the one thing I wanted all those dealing with depression to know, that they can Be Happy.” The online short was provided to motivate anyone who may have been watching to do whatever it was necessary to be happy and to let them know that even if they were not happy in that moment that it dd not mean they couldn’t be happy ever again. With over 3,500 RTs and over 7,200 likes on twitter, the short was a powerful media tool to raise awareness for mental health.