Demi Lovato Heads To Washington DC To Speak About Mental Health Legislation

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Demi Lovato helped tack a stand today as she came to Washington DC to help lobby Congress to pass a comprehensive mental health bill. The National Alliance on Mental Illness’s annual four-day convention in Washington began today and Demi made a wonderful and lasting impression during her speech. Demi spoke about the importance of mental health awareness, her personal struggles, and how important it is for Congress to help pass laws to help those who struggle.

Demi says, “Those of us here today know that mental illness has no prejudice. It affects people of every race, age, gender, religion and economic status. It doesn’t discriminate between Republicans or Democrats, either.” She went on to say that although she was “in no way shape or form” a policy expert, that “It’s time for Congress to act. This year.” She added, “I want to show the world that there is life — surprising, wonderful, unexpected life — after diagnosis.”

We think that its wonderful that Demi is standing up for what she believes in and is sharing awareness about mental health and the importance passing laws to help. Way to go, Demi! Perhaps a political career is in her future! Would you vote for Demi? We sure would!

Madison Beer Wants You To Be Your Dog’s Valentine

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Madison Beer is asking kids to stick up for animals in trouble and always adopt, spay and neuter dogs and cats.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Madison managed to take a break from her busy schedule to sit down for a video Q&A with peta2, PETA’s youth division, in which she asks kids to be a sweetheart to animals—both by taking care of their dogs and cats at home and by reporting cruelty to animals whenever they see it.

“It’s really important to speak up for animals because they don’t have a voice of their own and they can’t speak up for themselves,” Beer says. “So if you suspect or see anybody that you think is being cruel to an animal, then you should tell an adult that you trust or call the police.”

Beer goes on to remind kids that getting a dog or cat is “really, really fun, but it is a really big responsibility” and that guardians need to make sure that animals have shelter, water, food, exercise, affection, and playtime.

As for where to get that dog or cat? “I would always encourage everybody to go and get a dog or a cat … at a shelter because they are really overcrowded right now and a lot of animals are being turned away or even euthanized just because of a lack of so many good homes,” she says. And that’s also why she encourages everyone to spay or neuter their dogs and cats.

Beer joins a growing list of musicians and other celebrities—including “Valentine” collaborator Cody Simpson as well as Lea Michele, Kellan Lutz, and Pink—who have teamed up with peta2 to help animals. Will your dog be your Valentine this year?

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