Lady Gaga Writes Powerful Op-ed About Mental Illness and Suicide for The Guardian
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Lady Gaga Writes Powerful Op-ed About Mental Illness and Suicide for The Guardian

Written by Cristo Rogers, Posted on , in Section Must Reads

World-Famous Lady Gaga Writes Powerful Essay About Worldwide Suicide/Epidemic Mental Illness

With many of today’s celebs throwing their hat in the political opinion-sphere, Lady Gaga has broken rank by choosing to use her platform to discuss worldwide failure to tackle global, epidemic mental health-related issues and disorders - Namely, how most of the world isn’t paying enough attention, empathy, or money to what is essentially a global mental illness epidemic.

According to the ‘Star is Born’ actress, "At present, every nation in the world is a 'developing country' when it comes to mental health.”

In the Op-ed Article she penned for The Guardian - which she co-authored with World Health Organization director-general, Dr. Teddie Adhanom Ghebreysus - Lady Gaga (real name, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta), tackles various topics concerning the world's lacking mental health. Including that of global, teenage suicides - which she and Dr. Tedros add "is the second-leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds," claiming the lives of 800,000 people worldwide, annually.

In her op-ed piece,  Gaga also states that less than 1% of the globes' mentally ill receive any type of aid for their serious diagnoses, and that money directed toward preventing or promoting awareness for suicide is as equally nominal.

Lady Gaga's Personal Struggle with Mental Illness

In addition to covering topics such as the necessity of increasing the world's aid for mental illness,  and how every developing country needs to pay more attention to their mental health/mental illness diagnoses, Gaga and Dr. Tedros inform readers about how women are "particularly vulnerable to suicide," a notion that profoundly and personally hits home with the world-famous, multi-hyphenate.

During an appearance on The Today Show back in December of 2016, Gaga opened up about her personal struggles regarding mental illness, which she says stems from being raped when she was only 19-years old.

Not surprisingly, Gaga also states that the traumatizing experience left her scarred with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), something the singer-turned-actress says she still battles to this day.

To read more about Lady Gaga's illuminating Op-ed including her special appearance on The Today Show, click here.

… Mental illness is poorly-funded and deserves more attention, empathy, and treatment around the world, Lady Gaga has written in a new op-ed, and she hopes everyone can "be part of a new movement" to help fight it.

"At present, every nation in the world is a 'developing country' when it comes to mental health," writes the "Star is Born" actress, who co-authored the editorial with World Health Organization director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus in Tuesday's The Guardian.

Gaga and Ghebreysus refer directly to suicide, noting that it is the second leading cause of death globally among 15-29-year-olds. They say that while celebrities like Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade (both of whom took their own lives this past June) are mourned publicly with headlines, the 800,000 people who kill themselves each year "are all sons or daughters, friends or colleagues, valued members of families and communities."...

To read the original Op-ed article from The Guardian, Click here.