Fans are paying tribute to Demi Lovato by sharing how she helped them

Demi Lovato has often said she chose to be transparent about her struggles in the hope that it would help others.

Lovato’s fans are now stepping up to say that she has.

#HowDemiHasHelpedMe has become an online campaign to share the influence of Lovato and her music.

On July 24, the singer/actress was hospitalized for an apparent overdose.

Through interviews and in song, Lovato has spoken openly about her battles with sobriety, addiction and mental illness. Some on social media say she empowered them to face their own struggles.

How Lovato Has Helped Her Fans

“Her music helped me realize that it was okay to be broken. Her being honest about her problems helped me see I could be something other then a mental illness,” Twitter user @princessofsinss tweeted Wednesday. “I love you Demi.”

Lovato was credited by a few with saving their lives.

“In 6th grade i struggled with anorexia & ‘believe in me’ saved me,” one tweet read. “In 7th grade i had my suicide note written & struggled with self harm & ‘skyscraper’ saved me. in 9th grade i was diagnosed with bipolar disorder & ‘warrior’ saved me. I will forever love her,” Twitter user @jordamn_160 wrote.

Even the hashtag #HowDemiHasHelpedMe received praise.

“This is such a powerful thread of tweets,” Twitter user @lalalaurensoley tweeted. “It’s so important to raise awareness of the severity of mental health issues.”

Written by Lisa Respers France for CNN.

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