Unlikely Duo Takes on Mental Illness

gagaAt first glance, it wouldn’t seem that Prince William and Lady Gaga have a great deal in common. But that hasn’t stopped the two of them from teaming up to encourage young people to talk about mental health issues. And how did they get together? That answer may surprise you.

From CNN.com:

It was a FaceTime call. Like old time friends, Lady Gaga and Prince William opened up about mental health.

In a video released Tuesday, the pop star joined the Duke of Cambridge’s Heads Together, a campaign he leads along with the Duchess and Prince Harry to raise awareness on mental illness.
The stigmas or just plain fear, they said, stops many from opening up about their feelings.
A FaceTime conversation that Prince William and Lady Gaga hope changes the way people think about and talk about mental health. To watch the video, click here or on the picture below.
According to Time Magazine, “The four-minute video has garnered more than 2,600 retweets and 5,600 likes in just over an hour after it was posted on Gaga’s Twitter timeline.”
So, how did this unlikely pair get together in the first place? UsMagazine.com wrote:
A source tells Us Weekly that the Duke of Cambridge, 34, “chose to first contact Lady Gaga after she bravely opened up about PTSD.” The “Born This Way” singer, 31, shared her diagnosis in December 2016.
CBS News said the singer addressed her struggles in an open letter posted on her Born This Way Foundation website. The letter, in part, read, “For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is something that is very hard to describe,” Gaga said to William. “There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness — you feel like something’s wrong with you.”
The Royal Family runs a charity to fight mental health issues called Heads Together. Prince William recently spoke out about what is commonly referred to as the British “stiff upper lip” saying it should not be allowed to endanger mental health. He said he wants his children to grow up able to express their feelings. It comes after his brother, Prince Harry, revealed he sought help after nearly 20 years “not thinking” about the death of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

“I buried my head in the sand for many, many years” after the death of Princess Diana in a Paris car crash in 1997. The 32-year-old said that he had come “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions” and had endured “years of total chaos” because he was unable to deal with his grief.

Share your thoughts on the importance of speaking out about mental illness. Do you believe it sends a powerful message when people from such different walks of life come together to bring attention to this issue? Generating thoughtful conversations around key health issues that touch the lives of the people of our state, is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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