Last week, Lady Gaga and Prince William casually hopped on FaceTime to chat about the importance of mental health awarenessno big deal. "There's a lot of shame attached to mental illness. You feel like something is wrong with you," Gaga said in the video. Now that's a big deal. In partnership with Heads Together, the video was created as part of the #oktosay series, revealing that they both needed professional help in their struggle with mental illness and that they were grateful not to go it alone.
This wasn't the first time Lady Gaga spoke out about her struggles with mental illness. In fact, over the last four to five years, she's shared openly about her experience with PTSD from rape, body shaming, chronic pain, self-care, healing, and more as explained below, in hopes that it inspires her loyal fan base to seek the support they need to live their best lives. Here are six instances when Lady Gaga has bravely come forward for the sake of igniting and advancing the discussion around mental health: