Lady Gaga FaceTimes With Prince William About An Issue Close To Her Heart

"I feel like we are not hiding anymore. We're starting to talk."

Just days after Prince Harry opened up about his decision to seek counseling, his brother Prince William is adding his own voice to the conversation about mental health. Last year, both royals, along with William's wife Duchess Kate, launched the Heads Together initiative, which aims to end the stigma associated with mental illness.

This week, Prince William welcomed another high-profile figure into the conversation. As part of a series of videos called #OKtosay, William had a FaceTime conversation with Lady Gaga about how important it is to speak openly about mental health.

It's an issue close to Gaga's heart. Just last year, the star shared that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. She admitted to William that she was nervous to speak out about her experience. "There's a lot of shame attached to mental illness," she said. "You feel like something is wrong with you."

"I feel like we are not hiding anymore. We're starting to talk," Gaga said.

"Absolutely. It's time that everyone speaks up and really feels very normal about mental health. It's the same as physical health," William shared, adding, "Just having a conversation with a friend or family member can really make such a difference."

For Gaga, she hopes her honesty can help others who are struggling.

"Even though it was hard," she explained, "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."

Statistics show that 1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences a mental illness in a given year. That's 48 million people. Creating an open dialogue about an issue that affects so many has the potential not only to help end the stigma, but also to encourage those suffering to seek treatment. We commend both Prince William and Lady Gaga for doing their part to change the conversation.

You can learn more about the Heads Together campaign here.


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