Singer Demi Lovato performs on stage during the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 25, 2016.
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By Claire Howorth
July 26, 2016
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Claire Howorth is an assistant managing editor at TIME

Demi Lovato took the stage Monday night at the Democratic National Convention to declare her support for Hillary Clinton.

Lovato, who has been outspoken on issues of mental health, opened her speech with a powerful statement: “Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness.”

The 23-year-old singer went on to talk about how it is possible to live a “normal and empowered life” with a mental illness, but said that better healthcare is critical and that it’s “not about politics.”

“Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don’t get help, either because they fear the stigma or they can not afford treatment … We can do better. Every one of us can make a difference,” she said, before thanking Hillary Clinton for “fighting” towards that goal.

After her speech, Lovato belted out “Confident” with two backup singers.

Lovato was not the first celebrity performance of the day — Boys II Men performed “Motown Philly,” their 1991 hit. Fergie will perform at a charity concert, and actresses including Chloe Grace Moretz, America Ferrera and Lena Dunham have announced they will speak.

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