Lady Gaga Got Real On Her Struggle With Mental Illness And BRB Crying
"Secrets keep you sick."
We love Lady Gaga.
Not only is she 100% pure talent with a wardrobe that puts RuPaul to shame, she’s also one of those types of celebs that use their fame as a platform to spread positivity -- and her speech at a fundraiser on Sunday was no exception.
Joined by her fabulously glam mum Cynthia Germanotta at the Children Mending Hearts' 10th Annual Empathy Rocks fundraiser in Los Angeles, the larger-than-life singer gave us a raw insight into her own mental health battles, urging everyone to ‘be kind’.
Hitting the stage in to accept an award for her work for the Born This Way Foundation -- an organisation that works to ‘provide youth with genuine opportunities, quality resources and platforms to make their voices heard’ -- she took the opportunity to speak out about suicide and mental health.
"We bring people together to have real, honest conversations and to be kind," she said.
Kindness is not an afterthought to our work. It is the driving power for everything we do. It is the lens we view every challenge through. It is framing the way we put everything around every possible solution. To me, almost every problem you can think of can be solved with kindness.”
She added, “At least it could be made better. Kindness has a soft undertone. Sometimes people think it is weak. It is tremendously powerful. It can change the way that we view each other. The way that we view our communities and the way that we work. Even the way that we feel about ourselves, by being kinder to ourselves. We need more kindness in the world."
I have struggled for a long time, both being public and not public about my mental health issues or my mental illness. But, I truly believe that secrets keep you sick," she said, adding, "I realise that it's actually safer to say how I feel. What Children Mending Hearts is doing today rocks because it's safer for others who feel like me."
Before wrapping up her heartfelt speech, the 32-year-old made sure to thank Mama Gaga for her support, saying:
"Thank you Mum for not being afraid of my darkest thoughts and for doing what many don't realise goes very far: just holding my hand and running an organisation that helps hold the hands of others and join the hands of others. I love you," she told Germanotta. "Suicidal ideation feels like a spell and we have to have empathy. Be kind and help each other break that spell and live and thrive."
We’re not crying... You’re crying.
If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.
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