“It’s time that everyone speaks up and really feels very normal about mental health.”
Lady Gaga and Prince William talk mental health.
Last year, Lady Gaga bravely opened up about her struggle with PTSD and mental illness. The pop star knew baring her soul would open the door for naysayers, but her message was too important. It caught the attention of Prince William, who partook in a FaceTime call with Gaga to talk about mental health as part of the Duke of Cambridge’s Heads Together campaign with the Duchess and Prince Harry.
The stigma surrounding mental illness, they say, stops people from getting the help they need.
“It made me very nervous at first, waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is something that is very hard to describe,” Gaga said. “There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness; you feel like something’s wrong with you… I should be so happy, but you can’t help it if in the morning, when you wake up, you are so tired, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can barely think.”
In some sense, sharing her story with fans was therapeutic.
“Even though it was hard, it was the best thing that could come out of my mental illness was to share it with other people and let our generation, as well as other generations know that if you are feeling not well in your mind that you’re not alone and that people that you think would never have a problem, do,” she added.
Prince William reflected that. “It’s time that everyone speaks up and really feels very normal about mental health, it’s the same as physical health,” he said. “Everybody has mental health and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it and just having a conversation with a friend or family member can really make such a difference.”