If you love her act you are smitten with her stage presence, voice and artistic skills. If you are indifferent to Lady Gaga as a performer you probably know little about her. She is passionate concerning her efforts to support the underprivileged. This past weekend, Gaga and her mother accepted the Global Changemakers Award for their work with the Born This Way Foundation.
When accepting the award Lady Gaga discussed mental illness, particularly in the wake of the deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. Gaga said “I have struggled for a longtime, both being public and not public, about my mental health issues or my mental illness. But, I truly believe that secrets keep you sick.” While not getting specific about her mental health challenges Gaga thanked her mother for always being there to support her during her darkest challenges. She spoke of kindness and the huge roll it plays in helping others to navigate through their own personal obstacle course.
The CDC reports that suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among those between the ages of 35 and 54. In 2016 there were more than twice as many suicides as there were homicides.
In a previous blog I wrote about other high profile celebrities who went public with their personal mental health challenges. We owe these individuals a debt of gratitude for helping to lessen the stigma attached to seeking therapy.
Source: Gary R’nel
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