Lady Gaga delivers hard truths in emotional mental health essay
It's World Mental Health Day
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The Mother Monster has been very vocal in the past about her struggles with mental health, and now she's helped write an emotional essay to get the conversation started on World Mental Health Day.
"By the time you finish reading this, at least six people will have killed themselves around the world," her piece in The Guardian begins.
Co-authored with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, the weighty essay calls for calls for more mental health services around the world, and to end the stigma surrounding mental health.
"Those six are a tiny fraction of the 800,000 people who will kill themselves this year – more than the population of Washington DC, Oslo or Cape Town," they continue. "Sometimes they are famous names such as Anthony Bourdain or Kate Spade that make headlines, but they are all sons or daughters, friends or colleagues, valued members of families and communities.”
The pair urges people to treat mental health conditions with the same compassion as someone with a physical injury or illness, adding that mental health issues can't afford to be silenced or minimized anymore—it is, in too many cases, really a life or death situation.
Lady Gaga's influence can be felt across the globe, and when celebrities speak out on important issues, people listen. Take her advice on this World Mental Health Day and keep the conversation going.
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