Demi Lovato Gives Emotional Speech at 2014 Jed Foundation Annual Gala (@ddlovato)

In October of 2010, teen popstar Demi Lovato admitted herself into Timberline Knolls Rehabilitation Center for an eating disorder, depression, bipolar disorder and self mutilation.

With all odds against her, Demi Lovato took a break from her acting career and hit TV show, Disney Channel’s Sonny With a Chance and turned to music during her time of recovery. This proved to be the smartest decision of her career as she released as her first post -rehab single “Skyscraper,” debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Today, The 21 year old “Neon Lights” singer is known for outwardly sharing the dark secrets of her past to help others, especially fans going through the same troubles as she did. At the 2014 Jed Foundation Annual Gala yesterday at the Javitz Center in New York City, Demi made a tear jerking speech in which she spoke about using these dark times to stay strong and thrive in both your personal and professional life.

“I’ve gone through dark times,” said Demi, “but I’m proud to say that today I am living proof that someone can live, love, and thrive WITH mental illness.”

She then presented the Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award to honoree Margaret Kramer, an award which recognizes students who have raised awareness about mental health.

Demi is an ambassador for activist and anti- bullying movements such as Love is Louder and the Jed Foundation.

Listen to Demi’s full speech for the Jed Foundation Gala below.

Photo: Getty Images/ Monica Schipper

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