Demi Lovato is giving everyone a little reminder to check in on their own mental health in her newly released song and music video, 'OK Not To Be OK,' featuring Marshmello and their 'younger selves.'
On Thursday, September 10, the 'Sorry Not Sorry' singer debuted her collab with Marshmello in a colorful and inspiring music video. The beginning of the video — which garnered 500K views in 5 hours — starts with both artists waking up in their childhood rooms.
The 28-year-old sings: "When you're high on emotion/ And you're losing your focus/ And you feel too exhausted to pray/ Don't get lost in the moment/ Or give up when you're closest/ All you need is somebody to say/ It's okay not to be okay."
Marshmello picks up his childhood guitar and rocks out while the former Disney star sees her younger self in the mirror. Lovato — who's experienced her own share of mental health battles, including addiction, depression, bipolar disorder and an eating disorder and overdose — encouraged her 93.2M followers to check in with themselves in an Instagram post promoting the new tune.
"#OKNotToBeOK is out now with the incredible @marshmellomusic!! Take a moment today to check in with yourself and your loved ones," she captioned the photo of herself and Marshemllo.
Earlier this week, the former X Factor judge — who is now a spokesperson for the online therapy platform, Talkspace, which connects users to licensed therapists "from the comfort of your phone" — spoke about her own mental health on Good Morning America and her mission to raise awareness about the stigma that continues to surround it.
When asked if she feels ashamed about her struggles, Lovato replied, "not necessarily ashamed" but "maybe just a little embarrassed that I've gone through some of the things or made some of the choices that I've made.
"And I think that's natural for anybody that's, you know, made mistakes in their mental illnesses. But I also know that a part of getting rid of the stigma is spreading the awareness and talking about it."
The actress reminded her fans that they "are absolutely not alone right now" and added, "There are so many people, more than ever before that are feeling exactly what you're feeling." She encouraged people to reach out to loved ones. "And if they're not there for you," she added, "put on my music and I'll be there."
Marshmello also shared his thoughts on the emotional subject in the video — which was released on World Suicide Prevention Day — to Apple Music. The DJ explained: "I think it's just such an important subject," he affirmed. "I think a lot of people, about negative feelings and negative thoughts that are affecting them, are kind of scared to bring it up... scared to talk about it. They're scared because maybe the person won't relate or the person won't understand, when in reality most of the time the person that you could bring it up to, most likely has felt like this or will understand or can relate as well. So I think it's very important to talk about it."