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Demi Lovato encouraged Lili Reinhart to talk about mental health

Lili Reinhart has revealed that singer Demi Lovato inspired her to talk out about mental health and her own experiences with depression and anxiety.

 Lili Reinhart attends SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio Channel Broadcasts From Comic Con 2017 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on 22 July 2017 in San Diego. Picture: AFP.

LOS ANGELES - Demi Lovato inspired Lili Reinhart to talk about mental health.

The Riverdale star credits the Cool for the Summer hitmaker for encouraging her to talk about her own experiences with depression and anxiety.

She told Ocean Drive magazine: "I didn't have someone who was talking about it," Lili shared. "I remember being in middle and high school and hearing Demi Lovato speak up about her mental illness and that was comforting.

"But I wanted more people to stand up. I needed more people to relate to. I was like, all these people can't be so happy, can they? It was kind of like this unrealistic picture that was painted in front of me of all these happy, happy people, successful people, beautiful people."

Meanwhile, Reinhart previously admitted she was suffering "the worst depression" before being cast in Riverdale.

She said: "I cried tears of joy. In that moment I became a working actress with a steady job. Something I had been working towards for 7 years ... And now here we are, gearing up to film season 2. And I could not be more grateful.

"'Riverdale' came into my life when I was going through the worst depression I had ever experienced. And in the end it completely saved me ... Since it's mental health awareness month, I figured it would be good to share that. I worked my ass off to make a living out of what I love. And when I'm feeling depressed or sad, I remind myself how far I've come. And how I didn't let my depression consume me.

"To anyone out there who feels depressed or hopeless... do not f***ing give up on yourself. You're all you've got. And you deserve the world. Your mental health should be your priority. Don't forget that. This is your life.. and you've only got one. So don't waste it by being sad. You will get through whatever you're going through now. And you'll be so much stronger at the end of it. You're stronger than you know. (sic)"

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