As part of Prince William’s continuing efforts to better the lives of mental health patients, he enlists the help of Lady Gaga, who suffers from PTSD, to make a reinforced front for the #oktosay initiative he’s doing with his brother, Prince Harry and his wife Kate Middleton.
Gaga publicly shared her rough history with mental illness in a heartfelt open letter published in the Born This Way foundation. “My body is in one place and my mind in another. It’s like the panic accelerator in my mind gets stuck and I am paralyzed with fear,” she reveals. “I seek to raise awareness that this mental illness affects all kinds of people, including our youth. I pledge not only to help our youth not feel ashamed of their own conditions, but also to lend support to those servicemen and women who suffer from PTSD. No one’s invisible pain should go unnoticed.”
The “Heads Together” campaign uploaded on their YouTube channel a video of Gaga and Prince William in an enlightening conversation about Gaga’s struggles as a PTSD-diagnosed patient and how with the two of them they could make the #oktosay initiative reach more people.
“It made me very nervous at first. For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going onstage is something that is very hard to describe,” Gaga says. “There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness. You feel like something’s wrong with you. In my life I go, ‘Oh my goodness, look at all these beautiful, wonderful things that I have,’ and 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. But, it was like saying this is a part of me, and that’s okay.”
A big part of Gaga and Prince William conversation is the stigma that comes with being afflicted with a mental illness. About it, Prince William had this to say: “It’s okay to have this conversation. It’s really important to have this conversation. You won’t be judged. It’s so important to break open that fear and that taboo, which is only going to lead to more problems down the line. Mental health is the same as physical health. Everybody has mental health, and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it.”
“We’re not hiding anymore. We’re starting to talk… If you’re feeling not well in your mind, you’re not alone,” Gaga concludes.
An even bigger takeaway for me: Gaga enjoys a good cup of coffee in the morning. She’s smart, strong, and a fellow caffeine b*tch, baby. Indeed, she has the Cure.
Click here to read more about the “Heads Together” campaign.