Lady Gaga and Prince William Talk Mental Illness

On Tuesday April 18th, Lady Gaga and Prince William talked mental illness on Facebook Live for the cause #OKtoSay and the video has over one million views.

Okay to Say was created by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and Okay to Say’s partners to break the stigma of mental illness and spread awareness. Their mission is to make it normal to talk about mental illness and to not be ashamed of it.

Screen Shot 2017-04-20 at 10.25.01 AMPrice William reached out and FaceTimed with Lady Gaga because he was captivated by her open letter about living with PTSD. The Royal Family has their own video campaign that deals with mental illness, and wanted to broadcast the conversation with Lady Gaga to share with the world.

Lady Gaga says to Prince Williams over FaceTime:

“For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is something that is very hard to describe. There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness. You feel like something’s wrong with you,”

“And in my life, I go ‘Oh my goodness, look at all of these beautiful, wonderful things that I have. I should be so happy,’ but you can’t help that if in the morning when you wake up: You are so tired, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety and the shakes, that you can barely think.”

Prince Williams then assured Lady Gaga that it is okay to speak up and to keep spreading awareness when it comes to mental illness.

Screen Shot 2017-04-20 at 10.25.36 AMPrince Williams said in an interview after the discussion with Lady Gaga that he has been through counseling to deal with his grief over the death of his mother, Princess Diana.

Princess Diana died in a tragic car accident that occurred on August 31, 1997. She was only 36 years old.

Lady Gaga and Prince Williams will meet in the United Kingdom in October to discuss mental illness further in hopes to motivate and inspire individuals who suffer and deal with mental illness everyday.

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