Demi Lovato Considered Taking Her Own Life. Now, She’s Speaking Out To Help Others Cope.

"Every single person on this planet is worth life."

Trigger warning: This post discusses suicide and mental health.

Demi Lovato has always been open and honest about her struggles, but in a new interview she talks about experiencing suicidal thoughts, and gives words of encouragement and support to anyone who might be dealing with them now.

The chat, which she had with Dr. Phil, touched on many points from the 25-year-old's life — from feeling suicidal at age 7, being bullied at age 12, having to heal after her father's death, as well as overcoming drug and alcohol abuse. But it was when Dr. Phil asked Lovato what she would say to her younger self that stands out.

"I would say, 'Hold on,' because the longer you go without acting on an urge, the easier it will be for you and the more resilient, the more strong that you'll become," the self-love advocate explained. "And you'll be able to show that light to so many people."

When it comes to assisting others who are facing these inner demons — something she is doing by offering free therapy-based events prior to concerts through CAST Centers — that's something Lovato knows is super important given her status and star power. 

"It's a very, very serious thing to want to take your own life, to consider taking your own life, and taking your own life. It's not something that should be thought about lightly," Lovato said. "If I could tell anybody that's thinking about taking their own life is to reach out to people, don't hold it inside, don't isolate. Reach out to people — whether it's close friends, family. If you feel like you don't have anybody, look within yourself and try to find that resilience that will ultimately get you through whatever it is you're going through."

The "Tell Me You Love Me" singer said thinking about her family — especially her little sister, and friends saved her life, but that she knew she had a bigger purpose in life to live for as well. As Dr. Phil points out, the fact that she is working to potentially save the life of many fans who are going through rough times is worth it.

In the end, Lovato — who has changed her inner dialogue to tell herself she is worth it — has one important thing to note: "Every single person on this planet is worth life."

Watch the full video here:

If you or a loved one are in a crisis, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to speak with a skilled, trained counselor who is ready to listen to you.

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