Lady Gaga "I Truly Believe That Secrets Keep You Sick"

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Donna Taylor, Legends Report Contributor, 

A few years ago whilst studying, I mocked Lady Gaga and the 'Art Pop' culture that she is a part of. I have enjoyed her music, but I have always found her that little bit too strange.

I had no idea what was behind this constant reinvention of herself and her looks. Over the last couple of years though, her story has given me quite an insight into the way that she styles herself and who she has become.

Lady Gaga has spoken publicly about many of the mental health issues that have affected her, almost all of which have also affected me personally and many people in the world, so I cannot help but find inspiration from this woman.

Lady Gaga has been very vocal about mental illness. Going so far as to admit that she has PTSD. She believes that people with mental illness should be shown kindness and compassion. She co-authored an article in the Guardian on suicide in 2018. The article condemns the way that people with mental health conditions are treated, it states:

“Instead of treating those facing mental health conditions with the compassion we would offer to someone with a physical injury or illness, we ostracize, blame and condemn....The time has come for us all, collectively, to tackle the causes and symptoms of mental illness, and provide care for those who suffer from it.”

During an acceptance speech at Global Changemakers Award in Bel Air, California in June of 2018. Lady Gaga said to that:

"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."

I can understand and empathise with Lady Gaga as I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety following my father’s death in 2016. In truth though, I had been suffering with what I thought was ‘stress’ for a long time before my diagnosis. I have felt some of the blame from people since my diagnosis. During one particularly difficult period, I was informed that I “have a duty to come to work!”

The problem with mental illness is that it can rear it’s head when you least expect it. I have learnt to accept that it is still there in the background. I have accepted my monster, it means that there are days when I need to rest and sometimes hide away from the world. But, these periods of mental ill-health do not last too long now thankfully. Like Lady Gaga, I am open with people about my struggles and I refuse to be ashamed about it.

People need to be mental health champions and like Lady Gaga, we need to talk openly about our struggles and not allow our secrets to keep us sick. If you have a mental health condition, please know that you are not alone. Tell someone whether it be family or a friend. Lady Gaga herself admits that it was her family that had “saved her life.”

The first step for us to begin healing our ill mental health is by talking to someone that cares. Maybe in reading this article, there is a part of you that wants to reach out and talk to someone?

If you would like to talk to a member of the Legends Team, please contact us through live chat on this page or email us here... We will help where we can and where for whatever reason we are unable to help, we will help you find the support you need, after all mental ill-health is a life un lived.

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