Lady Gaga Speaks on Mental Health: “Secrets Keep You Sick”

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.

“We bring people together to have real, honest conversations and to be kind,” Gaga began. “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. Atleast 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.”

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.

“I can’t remain silent any longer. The passing of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain has made me want to speak up about my mental illness. I have been experiencing suicidal ideation and cyclical obsessive suicidal thoughts for the past four years,” she read out loud, quoting her friend’s letter. “At first, I thought I was alone and a bad person, but once I was brave enough to tell my friends and family—tould they just think I was looking for attention? Would I be immediately hospitalized against my will? I was able to be honest with my psychiatrist. The honesty was met with genuine love and concern and loads of support from my mental health team. I began to meet others like me.I know I am lucky to have support like this, but there is so much help out there if you have the courage to be honest with yourself and others about what you are going through.”

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.”

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