Just a day after the Telegraph printed a candid interview with Prince Harry about the counselling he’s had following the death of his mother, Prince William skyped Lady Gaga to praise her for talking so openly about her struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The video, which was broadcast on Facebook, saw the royal and the pop star discuss just how important being able to speak freely about mental health is in helping to break the stigma surrounding it.
It’s part of this year’s Time To Talk Day for the mental health charity Will, Kate and Harry advocate for, Heads Together. The move came after Gaga wrote an emotive open letter to her fans about PTSD, which effects many people who have been through traumatic experiences, such as living in a war zone or being attacked.
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“It made me very nervous at first, for me waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is very hard to describe,” Gaga told William when asked how she felt about sharing her letter.
“There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, you feel like there is something wrong with you.
“In my life I go ‘oh my goodness, look at all these beautiful wonderful things that I have, I should be so happy’, but you can’t help it if you wake up in the morning and you are so tired and you are so sad and you are so full of anxiety that you can barely think.
“It’s like saying, this is a part of me and that’s okay.”
William praised Gaga for speaking out and encouraged others to start their own conversations.
“It’s time that everyone speaks up and really feels very normal about mental health, it’s the same as physical health,” William said.
“Everybody has mental health and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it and just having a conversation with a friend or family member can really make such a difference.
“For me, the little bits that I’ve learnt so far is that it’s really important to have this conversation. You won’t be judged.
“It’s really important to break open that fear and that taboo that will only lead to more problems down the line.”
I’m no where near a Royalist but prince William & Harry have grown up into two great men. Always seem really balanced and do lots for others
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The video follows William’s call for an end to the British stiff upper lip and culture of stoicism in favour of allowing people to process how they are feeling openly and safely. He said he wants Prince George and Princess Charlotte to grow up being able to speak about their emotions.