Marshmello and Demi Lovato have joined forces to release “OK Not to Be OK” for World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10).
“OK Not to Be OK” arrived via a collaboration between the musicians and suicide prevention and mental health non-profit organisation Hope for the Day. The music video for the new track, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, casts the two musicians back into their teen bedrooms to meet their insecure past selves.
This isn’t the first time Lovato has discussed her battles with mental health and eating disorders. The pop singer offered a glimpse into her world via the 2017 documentary Simply Complicated, which recounted her career to date whilst looking at her personal life behind the scenes. In 2018, she addressed addiction on the song “Sober,” and earlier this year dropped “Anyone,” which she wrote days before she was hospitalized for a near-fatal drug overdose in 2018.
“Since a young age I’ve dealt with suicidal thoughts and depression,” Lovato shared on Instagram. “I’ve been very vocal in raising the awareness of mental health because it is possible to see the light when you start the work on yourself. I’m living proof that you never have to give into those thoughts. I’ve had many days where I’ve struggled but please let this song be an anthem to anyone who needs it right now. You can get through whatever it is you’re going through.. I’m here for you always, you are not alone and I love you.”
Prior to their new single, Lovato and Marshmello last collaborated on “Love Don’t Let Me Go,” an unreleased track the DJ teased at Coachella in 2017. Marshmello recently collaborated with 42 Dugg on “Baggin’” and with Halsey on “Be Kind.” On the other hand, Lovato previously released a collaboration with Sam Smith and the solo single “I Love Me.”
Watch the video for “OK Not to Be OK” below: