Lady Gaga And Prince William Team Up To End Mental Health Stigma

It’s been almost exactly one year since the Royal Family launched Heads Together, a charity aimed at ending the stigma surrounding mental health. Led by Prince Harry, Prince William, and the Duchess of Cambridge, the charity is the biggest single project their Royal Highnesses have undertaken together, with the trio working with several other charities and organizations to help those suffering from mental illness feel more comfortable sharing their issues and seeking help.

Now the Royals are teaming up with one of the biggest pop stars in the world to continue their efforts to change mental health from a taboo subject to something that people are comfortable discussing. Just released today, Prince William and Lady Gaga created a video of the two FaceTiming between LA and the UK to discuss Heads Together.

In 2016, Gaga wrote about her own struggles with anxiety and depression following her diagnosis of PTSD. Penning a letter on her Born This Way Foundation website, Gaga wrote “There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, but it’s important that you know that there is hope and a chance for recovery.”

In today’s new video, Prince William commended Gaga on her honest and personal letter, asking the pop singer about her feelings now, months after the letter’s publication. “It made me very nervous at first. For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is something that is very hard to describe,” said Gaga. “There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness. You feel like something is wrong with you. And 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 you wake up and 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.”

Gaga told the Duke of Cambridge that organizations like Heads Together go a long way in helping those suffering from mental illness feel like they’re not alone. “I feel like we are not hiding anymore,” says Gaga. “We’re starting to talk and that’s what we need to do, really.”

Following the release of Gaga’s personal letter in December 2016, the popstar’s name became synonymous with mental health advocacy almost overnight. “Even though it was hard, it was the best thing that could come out of my mental illness was to share it with other people and let our generation as well as other generations know that if you are feeling not well in your mind that you’re not alone and that people that you think would never have a problem do.”

The video concluded with Prince William inviting Gaga for an in-person discussion in October when she’s in the UK for her Joanne World Tour.

Gaga is currently in-between Coachella shows, having closed out Saturday night’s festivities while debuting a new song called “The Cure” (listen here).

Gaga is staying busy until her second Coachella performance on Saturday, filming scenes for her upcoming role in Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut for the remake of A Star Is Born. Calling for extras on set in the California desert this week, Gaga posted the first picture from the film, where she’ll star opposite Cooper.

Still finding time even with her packed schedule to work as a mental health advocate, Gaga will kick off her Joanne World Tour in Vancouver on August 4.