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Demi Lovato to fans: 'Don't suffer in silence'

Singer/actress Demi Lovato is urging her young fans to reach out for help if they are struggling with personal issues to avoid suffering an emotional breakdown like she did last year (10).

The 19 year old first developed an eating disorder as a child after becoming a victim of bullying and she later started self harming to express her pain.

She finally decided to face up to her troubles last October (10) and underwent a three-month treatment program in rehab for a variety of issues, and Lovato insists she is now happy and healthy.

The teenager has since returned to the road and, during a concert in New York on Saturday (17Sep11), she pleaded with devotees not to suffer in silence if they are fighting personal problems too.

Before performing her hit song Skyscraper, which details her secret struggles, she told the crowd, "A year ago today... I was not in a good place. I needed help and I want anybody in this audience to know that if you're struggling with one of the issues that I dealt with or a different issue, that you can get help, that you can recover and it's possible if you just tell someone."

Lovato then made sure to thank her fans for their unwavering support, adding: "There are so many beautiful girls in this audience that don't know that they're beautiful, but they just are. So I want to thank you guys for being there for me every single day I was away. I wouldn't be here without you guys today."

Lovato also treated concert-goers to a rendition of rapper Lil Wayne's How to Love, about women's insecurities with love.