Gaga talks about men­tal health ‘cri­sis’

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - GO! - — Va­ri­ety

Lady Gaga has no prob­lem liv­ing — and re­veal­ing — her truth.

While ac­cept­ing a pa­tron award at the SAG-AFTRA Foun­da­tion’s third an­nual Pa­tron of the Artists Awards on Thurs­day night in Bev­erly Hills, Calif., the “Star Is Born” ac­tress called on Hol­ly­wood to pro­vide bet­ter men­tal health care for peo­ple in the en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness.

In a nearly 25-minute speech, she de­tailed her own “men­tal health cri­sis” that prompted her to seek pro­fes­sional help af­ter be­com­ing over­whelmed by work com­mit­ments.

“I be­gan to no­tice that I would stare off into space and black out for sec­onds or min­utes,” Gaga re­called. “I would see flashes of things I was tor­mented by, ex­pe­ri­ences that were filed away in my brain for many years be­cause my brain was pro­tect­ing me, as sci­ence teaches us. Th­ese were also symp­toms of dis­as­so­ci­a­tion and PTSD, and I did not have a team that in­cluded men­tal health sup­port.”

Gaga, who has been open about be­ing a sur­vivor of sex­ual as­sault, sug­gested that SAG-AFTRA part­ner with her Born This Way Foun­da­tion to im­ple­ment men­tal health pro­grams for union mem­bers. She even said she would make an un­spec­i­fied do­na­tion to launch the ini­tia­tive.

Call­ing men­tal health is­sues a “cri­sis of epic pro­por­tions,” she said, “We need to bring men­tal health into the light.”


Lady Gaga at­tends the SAG-AFTRA Foun­da­tion’s Pa­tron of the Artists Awards on Thurs­day in Bev­erly Hills.

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