Men­tal health outreach is a new part of Gaga’s act,

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As Lady Gaga brings her Born This Way Ball tour to North Amer­ica this month, the pop phe­nom is adding a new twist: pro­mot­ing men­tal health aware­ness to her “lit­tle mon­sters” at pre­con­cert tail­gat­ing events.

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foun­da­tion is part­ner­ing with the Na­tional Coun­cil for Be­hav­ioral Health in the ef­fort, with the coun­cil mount­ing a 27-city Born Brave bus tour in con­junc­tion with Gaga’s con­cert sched­ule. The first show in her North Amer­i­can tour is Jan. 11 in Van­cou­ver, and wraps up March 20 in Tulsa, Okla.

Gaga has been tak­ing to Twit­ter to pro­mote the ef­fort. “I feel like most kids don’t look for help be­cause they feel em­bar­rassed so mom + I wanted to break the stig­mas around ‘help’ and make it fun,” she re­cently posted. “#BornBraveBus is a place where men­tal health + de­pres­sion are taken se­ri­ously w/ no judg­ment, FREE real help avail­able to all #BraverWorld.”

As part of the Born Brave ef­fort, men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als will teach that young peo­ple can play a role in car­ing for their own men­tal health and the men­tal health of their friends. Key mes­sages of the tour in­clude be­ing brave and know­ing your own strengths, act­ing brave and shar­ing those strengths and stay­ing brave by build­ing on those strengths and grow­ing stronger.

The Na­tional Coun­cil has also part­nered with the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of School Psy­chol­o­gists to of­fer in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties and re­sources to help th­ese young peo­ple un­der­stand that men­tal health prob­lems are com­mon, treat­able and that seek­ing help for them­selves or their friends is an act of brav­ery.

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Lady Gaga, shown at a 2012 show in Tai­wan, wants to help her “lit­tle mon­sters.”

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