Singer Demi Lovato performs “If I don’t Have You” during the recording of Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees in Los Angeles, Calif., Mar. 14, 2017.
Demi Lovato brought the survivors of the Park, Fla., school shooting on stage during her San Diego concert this week.
Six students from marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who survived the Feb. 14 attack that killed 17 people, has shared the stage with Lovato on Monday night in the first concert of her just Tell Me that You love Me World Tour, the New York Daily News reported.
“I want to make sure that their voices are heard and we can provide them with the mental health and post-trauma care that they need,” Lovato said in a statement.
still in shock! thank you so much for everything @ddlovato you and your team are so sweet and supportive❤️ pic.twitter.com/td1a69nO7V
— Sam deitsch #NEVERAGAIN (@samdeitsch) February 27, 2018
The students — Julius Castillo, Mackenzie Marie Chapman, Samantha Megan Deitsch, Maia, Hebron, Eden, Hebron and Sarah Stricker — wore maroon shirts that said, “MERCK is Strong” in bold white letters, the report said.
“These are the brave survivors who, together with us to heal their community,” the singer said on stage, 10 News San Diego reported.
The 25-year-old singer sang “Warrior” and said the show was “very special” in a statement.
“It was an honor to meet them and hear their courageous stories,” she said.
@ddlovato brought survivors of #FloridaShooting on the stage, talked about the importance of mental health, and sang Warrior. pic.twitter.com/lcFhcWRR7p
— Brianna??♀️✨? (@fitmermaidd) February 27, 2018
She urged fans to donate to the CAST Foundation, a non-profit organization that is a part of the CAST (with Extended Support of the Treatment) in the Centers for mental health and well-being; they said that the money would go to support students in Florida, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
She is also host to a CAST on Tour pre-concert group therapy session with the MSD shoot survivors, the newspaper.
CAST on Tour start on an emotional, but also inspiring note with the survivors of the Florida school tragedy. #mentalhealth #mdsstrong #castontour #PTSD
Lovato participated in a CAST center during her fight against the abuse of the substance, and now co-owner, the Daily News reported.
The singer was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2010 and spent three months in treatment that year for drug abuse, bulimia and self-harming disorder, the Union-Tribune reported.
Lovato told the newspaper about her mental health, education, and awareness efforts.
“Some people like to keep private, and that is completely their choice. But, for me, I see the importance of sharing my story and speaking,” she said.