Health & Wellness

CAST on Tour changes a life in Minneapolis

Demi Lovato says CAST Centers saved her life and on tour Saturday in Minneapolis they have changed another one.

The mental health facility that once helped Lovato become sober, which she is now the co-founder of, is on tour with Lovato during her “Tell Me You Love Me Tour.” Prior to her concert, CAST on Tour provides a mental health and wellness session. Each session includes a special guest speaker. In the Minneapple it was Lovato’s mother Dianna De La Garza.

De La Garza discussed her personal journey in life and how she was able to conquer her struggles such as recovering from substance abuse. She previewed topics that she goes in-depth about in her memoir “Falling with Wings: A Mother’s Story,” which released March 6.

After the session one of the attendees posted on Instagram (along with a photo with CAST Centers Founder and CEO Mike Bayer) how CAST on Tour was a life changing experience for her.

“So many emotions leaving the [CAST on Tour] event in Minneapolis tonight,” attendee Billye Nelson posted on Instagram. “[Dianna De La Garza] shared part of her story (the rest can be found in her book #fallingwithwings) that I related to more than I thought. Her strength inspires me and I can’t wait to read her book! There aren’t enough thank you[s] to give to [Mike Bayer,] [Demi Lovato] and the entire [CAST Centers] team for putting on these free events to people and talking about mental health! If you’re able to attend #castontour in a city near you I highly recommend!!! It’s life changing in the best way possible!”

“I left with hope for healing and self love. The work they are doing really stirred something in my heart and I want to keep their message going,” Nelson stated in a later Instagram post.

CAST on Tour will be making 12 stops from Tuesday to March 31.

Read about how CAST Centers helped save Demi Lovato’s life, here.


Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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