Lady Gaga took home three Grammy Awards earlier this week and in an emotional acceptance speech she shared a powerful message about mental health issues.
American singer-songwriter Lady Gaga has never been one to shy away from talking about mental health. It’s an incredibly important topic that carries so much stigma, and she’s always been proud to be a star who will use her voice to normalise being open about it and encourage more people to seek help and mental health care.
During a speech after her song “Shallow,” the hit power ballad from A Star Is Born, won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Gaga gave what is said to be possibly one of her most powerful speeches yet.
“If I don’t get another chance to say this, I just want to say I’m so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues. They’re so important,” she said. “A lot of artists deal with that. And we gotta take care of each other. So if you see somebody that’s hurting, don’t look away. And if you’re hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you.”
Thank you to @ladygaga for speaking up about the need for better mental health care. We CAN do more to help our loved ones, and your voice sends courage to all who may be suffering.pic.twitter.com/D1PrpXkkGp
— Chirlane McCray (@NYCFirstLady109) February 11, 2019
Plenty of fans on social media also agreed with her speech and were glad she used her platform to address such an important issue.
Need help or know of someone who is struggling with their mental health? There are many resources to which you can refer for information about mental illness. Some resources include:
beyondblue Support Service Phone: 1300 22 46 36
The Depression Helpline (0800 111 757)
Healthline (0800 611 116)
Lifeline (0800 543 354)
Samaritans (0800 726 666)
Youthline (0800 376 633)
Alcohol Drug Helpline (0800 787 797)