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Demi Lovato Discusses Her Father’s Struggle With Mental Health Issues

Demi Lovato recently opened up about how she’s coping with the loss of her father.

The former X Factor judge recently discussed her dad’s passing during a recent chat with WebMD. Since her father struggled for years with mental health problems, she started a program that helps folks who can’t afford the cost receive treatment.

Patrick Lovato passed away over the summer following his battle with cancer. He was 54 years old. Shortly after the funeral, Demi thanked her friends, family, fans, and “complete strangers” for the support they gave her through that extremely difficult time.

“Today I put my Daddy to rest. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. But I know great things will come of this,” she said on Twitter last June.

Demi Lovato eventually put together a program designed to help people with mental health problems find the help they need. Since the cost of treatment can quickly spiral out of control, the singer hopes this scholarship will assist those who may not otherwise seek professional care.

“It was a very tough and sad moment in my life, but I’m dealing with it. My dad and I did not have the best relationship, but it was still so painful. He suffered from mental health issues — after he passed away, I realized he was never able to get the help he needed,” she said.

Lovato added, “I decided to start The Lovato Treatment Scholarship program [in partnership with CAST Recovery, a therapeutic outpatient organization]. My father no longer has the chance to get the help he needed, but it makes me feel better to offer help to others.”

The “Neon Lights” singer admitted that she’s struggled with her own mental health issues over the years. Since she understands how these problems can affect a person’s life, Lovato said she fully appreciates what’s at stake.

“Effective treatment is costly, and many can’t afford the care they need. I feel the most fulfilled when I can give back to others. It’s a really important part of my own recovery. I’ve been so lucky to work with CAST Recovery for the past couple years. They’ve taught me to deal with my own demons,” she explained.

Demi Lovato recently confirmed that she’s won’t return for the next season of The X Factor in order to prepare for her upcoming tour. The singer will hit the road with Fifth Harmony, Cher Lloyd, and Little Mix next year.

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