Lady Gaga has joined her voice in speaking up about mental health and how people can be of help to those battling different conditions and illnesses.
The Born This Way singer spoke about this while presenting her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, with the Global Changemakers Award at Children Mending Hearts’ Empathy Rocks fundraiser on Sunday.
E! News reports that she and her mother were being recognized for the work of their joint Born This Way Foundation, and so the singer took that moment to address themes of mental health, mental illness and suicide. And this comes days after the deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade rocked the world.
She reportedly also read out the letter written by her friend, Breedlove, who recently shared a message about his own mental illness and suicidal thoughts online.
Gaga also spoke candidly about her own struggle with mental health, telling the audience, “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 continued, “I realize 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,” she said, adding, “Thank you Mom for not being afraid of my darkest thoughts and for doing what many don’t realize goes very far: just holding my hand and running an organization 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.”