In recent times, there have been several initiatives to make people aware of mental health disorders. Lady Gaga has, also, been highlighting the need to spread awareness of such issues. Sadly, she has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder for many years. And now, she wants to inspire others on combating the disorder.
Indeed, she spoke about the subject during the Grammy Awards that were held recently; she won her third Grammy for her single ‘Shallow’ from the film ‘A Star is Born’ at the show. Here, she gave a speech on why people must come out and discuss their troubles when battling mental disorders.
At first, she thanked God for her and her family’s well-being. More so, she mentioned that she took pride in being part of a film that dealt with mental health issues. She got emotional and shed into tears while she was speaking, too.
Moreover, she opined that several artists suffer from mental health disorders. And that they should take care of each other, not look away.
Even so, this was not the first time that Lady Gaga spoke about mental disorders. During November 2016, she first spoke about such issues. This was when she was on her visit to Ali Forney Center; she was addressing homeless LGBT youngsters at this event. During the meet, she spoke about her mental illness that she battles every day as well. In addition, she went public and proclaimed that she was a victim of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Besides, she inspired the group and told them to be brave and courageous if suffering from such disorders.
Then, in November 2018, during an awards function at Beverly Hills, she shared some of her personal experiences to raise awareness of her condition. She spoke for 25 minutes while recalling that she would stare into space or blackout for some minutes.
Further, she said that she saw flashes of light and how they added to her trauma. She went to by saying that she had no mental health support at that time and was dealing with the disorder on her own.
Also, she stressed on why it was necessary to talk about mental health disorders. She encouraged everybody to share each other’s personal experiences, too. By doing so, overcoming the illness becomes easier – she opines.
Moreover, at the Children Mending Hearts’ Empathy Rocks fundraiser that was hosted in the year 2018, she spoke about her PTSD struggles; she was presenting the Global Changemakers Award to her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, at the function.
Furthermore, she made an interesting point where she said that secrets can make keep people sick, and instead, how talking about how one is feeling is much safer and healthier.