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Musicians who have struggled with mental health issues: Lady Gaga

Written by on February 14, 2019

In the last decade, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, more commonly known as Lady Gaga, has gone from a virtual unknown to one of the most recognisable and well known names in music. Not content with that, she is now also a Grammy nominated artist for her role in the 2018 remake of the movie “A Star Is Born”.

What might not be as well known is that she also is involved in social activism, including LGBT rights. Lady Gaga has spent the entirety of her career being open about her life experiences. She has also spoken about her mental health on numerous occasions. Gaga has said that she has had daily struggles, going on to say that she had suffered through depression and anxiety her entire life. She has said that she just want kids to know that that depth that they feel as human beings is normal. These kids are one of the reasons she set up her non-profit organisation, the Born This Way Foundation (1) which focuses on promoting youth empowerment and combating bullying.

It was this foundation that saw her at an awards ceremony where she won the Global Changemakers Award at Children Mending Hearts’ Empathy Rocks fundraiser. Gaga took the moment as an opportunity to not only accept the award, but speak from the heart about mental illness, suicide and mental health. She cited kindness as a way to get through to those who are struggling with mental illness, since they are more likely to voice their concerns and problems when met with compassion.

“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,” Gaga admitted, continuing to talk about the foundation. “We bring people together to have real, honest conversations and to be kind. 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. At least 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.” (2)

(1) https://bornthisway.foundation

(2) https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8460547/lady-gaga-mental-health


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