The healing power of music and a positive role model is something that can never be underestimated. As Demi Lovato recovers from a suspected overdose earlier this week, her fans are returning the encouragement she gave them with examples of her positive influence, as well as supportive words for the singer.
When reports rolled in that Lovato was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday, fans quickly took to social media and the hashtag #HowDemiHasHelpedMe began to trend.
In the past 48 hours, thousands of supporters have shared ways that Lovato's personal story, candid conversations and music have inspired them and helped them through hard times in their lives.
One fan wrote Wednesday, "I remember one night in the hospital after an attempt, i was sitting in my hospital room on the floor next to the radio with my head against the wall and tears were streaming down my face. then 'skyscraper' came on the radio. and i knew id be okay."
#HowDemiHasHelpedMe i remember one night in the hospital after an attempt, i was sitting in my hospital room on the floor next to the radio with my head against the wall and tears were streaming down my face.— kelsi (@kelsicatalano) July 25, 2018
then skyscraper came on the radio.
and i knew id be okay.
Another shared, "in 6th grade i struggled with anorexia & ‘believe in me’ saved me. 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."
in 6th grade i struggled with anorexia & ‘believe in me’ saved me. 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?? #HowDemiHasHelpedMe— Jordyn Rae?? (@jordamn_160) July 25, 2018
Lovato has been outspoken in interviews, on social media and in her music about her past battles with drugs, an eating disorder and mental health issues. She's always said that her goal is to help others just like her get through what can seem like impossible times.
On Wednesday, a rep for Lovato said, "Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support."
Here are a few of the volumes of posts from fans wishing Lovato well and sharing their own struggles, helped by the singer's powerful, honest words.
Demi sharing her story has taught me that is okay to have mental illness and how she inspired us to go forward in life no matter. Her music is so an inspiration and describes what she really feeling in her soul. She is my idol #HowDemiHasHelpedMe— DemiLovatoTrueFans20 (@DFans20) July 25, 2018
#HowDemiHasHelpedMe when I was at the worst part of my life and I just wanted to give up completely, Demi’s speeches and music and book just kept me going and helped me be able to finally ask for help. I just recently passed 5 years clean and I credit that partially to her. ??— kevin #PrayForDemi (@slaymedems) July 25, 2018
She helped me ask for help. Her music has been there with me in waiting rooms before counselling, her music has been there for me in all my hospital stays. She has been there for me in my dark times and I am so grateful for her #HowDemiHasHelpedMe— freya-jean (@freya_jean1997) July 25, 2018
she helped me at the worst moment of my life .. I was bullyied and Demi was always there with her songs, her book, her movies, her strength, her smile .. I had a little strength to not want to finish with my life and it was hard .. i love her so much #HowDemiHasHelpedMe— lea???? (@beerhapiness) July 25, 2018
#HowDemiHasHelpedMe she taught me through her song "Warrior" that our most painful moments make us stronger and more self-conscious, which is great when I'm insecure about my appearance or my bad feelings. The struggles are still there though "I got thicker skin"— vinikid (@vinibalmeida) July 25, 2018
there was this day i was attempting and then i turned on my laptop, went on YouTube and i saw demi singing "warrior" live for the first time, i googled the lyrics and then her story... she saved me that day. she always saved me. #HowDemiHasHelpedMe— christopher?? (@Chrisgallegoss) July 25, 2018
i was bullied at school and i’ve always been insecure/shy. demi helped me so many times and one day i was in a really bad day, so i posted a letter saying how i was feeling about myself and she commented this. i have no words to say how much i love her. ???#HowDemiHasHelpedMe pic.twitter.com/EYOp6UHjMQ— yasmin loves demi (@lovatoart) July 25, 2018
@ddlovato you don’t know it but God used you & your music to save my life to pull me out of the worst time in my life. I love you & I cannot thank you enough. Keep fighting because the world is in love with you. YOU not some pop star but YOU. Take your time. #HowDemiHasHelpedMe— Lau(Ren) (@llfurno) July 25, 2018