Doing Good - CAST on Tour
Demi Lovato recently wrapped up the North American leg of her Tell Me You Love Me Tour. The pop star took 21 shows by storm with special guests DJ Khaled and Kehlani—but there was an even more special guest on the road with them. The CAST Foundation, which works to defeat the stigma around mental illness, provided free counseling and wellness sessions before each show. A concept that was first implemented on Lovato’s 2016 tour with Nick Jonas, CAST on Tour encourages people to live healthy, productive lives. Lovato explains, “After these talks, you’ll be inspired and motivated to overcome your personal fears and setbacks. We want everyone to leave empowered to start the journey on living your best life.”
The CAST Foundation was founded by Mike Bayer to promote open dialogue about mental illness and addiction. Bayer’s goal is to make these concepts “normal” topics of conversation, so those struggling can feel empowered to speak to their loved ones and eventually seek help. The official CAST on Tour website states, “Our goal is to make healthy living ‘cool’ and, at the same time, promote understanding and acceptance of mental health issues.”
The 2016 CAST on Tour featured speakers like Nick and Joe Jonas, Bea Miller, and Metta World Peace. More recently, the Tell Me You Love Me Tour (2017-2018) saw discussions led by Kehlani, DJ Khaled, Iggy Azalea, and Wilmer Valderrama. At the first stop of the tour in San Diego, survivors of the Parkland school shooting spoke about uniting as a community in difficult times. Lauren Abedini, intersectional feminist known as DJ “KITTENS” to many, spoke at CAST on Tour about her own struggles and emergence from her own demons.
Lovato, now co-owner of the CAST Foundation, always aims to uplift others by sharing her own personal journey with eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and addiction. “I think that it's important for me to use my voice for more than just singing,” she explained in an interview with Good Morning America. “I just know how important it is to use my platform to help others and to share my story in hopes that it inspires people to either get into recovery or better themselves.”