Demi Lovato: "I'm a Survivor...I'm Not Ashamed" Mental Health Awareness Award Acceptance Speech

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Demi Lovato continues to inspire and help young people around the world with her courage.

Today, she was honored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for her dedication to helping others with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Demi, who has been very vocal about her past issues with bulimia, anorexia, bipolar disorder, drugs and cutting, was named honorary co-chairperson for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.

Watch her acceptance speech video, where Demi (sporting new blonde hair) said, "As many of you know, telling my story is very important to me and I know how significant hearing my story can be to the people I meet who've gone through and are going through similar challenges."

Demi isn't shying away from her past struggles in hopes of helping others, saying, "I will not let my past define who i am today," adding, "I'm a survivor of mental health and substance abuse issues, and I'm not ashamed."

Truly an inspiration.

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