Demi Lovato Creates Mental Illness Treatment Scholarship in Honor of Late Father

Demi Lovato Creates Mental Illness Treatment Scholarship in Honor of Late Father

Finding inspiration in a painful experience, Demi Lovato is reaching out to those battling mental illness in honor of her late father.

After he died from cancer in June, the “Heart Attack” singer partnered with Cast Recovery to create The Lovato Treatment Scholarship to provide services for those seeking treatment for mental illness.

Speaking to E! News, the 20-year-old songstress shared, “He was suffering so bad that he couldn”t function in society normally, and he couldn”t get the help that he needed. Because he”s passed away, I felt like it was too late and then I realized, “Actually, it”s not too late. He wasn”t a bad person, I didn”t have the best relationship with him and for so many years I was mad at him, but when he passed away I realized none of it was even his fault. He had mental illnesses.”

Explaining her goal for the scholarship, Demi continued, “I partnered with Cast Recovery and [WE] are teaming up to provide the services that one person will need to get through treatment. Because treatment is actually very, very expensive. And whether it”s rehab or in-patient, out-patient — whatever it is — I wanna be there providing that service because I didn”t get the chance to do it with my dad and I wanna make it up to him now that he”s looking over me.”