The fight against the stigma surrounding mental health issues has come a long way, thanks to the effort of everyone who openly talk about their personal struggles and organizations that tirelessly extend a helping hand. Even high-profile celebrities, both here and abroad, are partaking in the responsibility to spread awareness and encouragement around the world through their respective platforms.
It’s the same topic that Lady Gaga chose to talk about at the prestigious 2019 Grammy Awards.
While accepting the “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” award for the song “Shallow” from her movie A Star Is Born, the American singer-songwriter addressed the mental health themes of the film.
“I’m so proud to be part of a movie that addresses mental health issues. They’re so important,” she said in front of fellow musicians and colleagues in the industry. “A lot of artists deal with that and we’ve got to take care of each other.”
Gaga’s words resonated with the audience. Many of them nodded in agreement as cameras panned over the listening crowd.
“So if you see somebody that’s hurting, don’t look away. And if you’re hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you,” she continued.
Lady Gaga, the singer behind “Born This Way,” has long been open about her own mental health struggles. Back in November last year, Gaga shared that she started experiencing symptoms of disassociation and post-traumatic stress disorder due to the things that tormented her, as well as experiences that she was unable to deal with immediately.
The 32-year-old singer added that it took a toll on her physical health. “[These] later morphed into physical chronic pain, fibromyalgia, panic attacks, acute trauma responses, and debilitating mental spirals that included suicidal ideation and masochistic behavior,” she said.
She also pointed out that the inability or unwillingness to be honest about mental health is what caused “a crisis of epic proportions” most prevalent among young people. She also promised that she’s not going to stop pushing for serious, systematic changes to alleviate mental illness sufferers of the burden of stigma.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, here‘s where you can get help.
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