Lady Gaga talks about dealing with suicidal thoughts and bringing mental health into the light at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Awards
Lady Gaga spoke about how her Born This Way Foundation, promotes mental wellness and gave her hope. She concluded her acceptance speech by saying, 'Let's change the f--king world.'
During her acceptance speech for the Artists Inspiration Award at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Patron of the Artists Awards Thursday night, Lady Gaga chose the platform to talk about her 'own mental health crisis'. "I began to notice that I would stare off into space and blackout for seconds or minutes," Gaga said. "I would see flashes of things I was tormented by, experiences that were filed away in my brain with 'I'll deal with you later' 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."
She then continued her 25-minute speech saying, "This later morphed into physical chronic pain, fibromyalgia, panic attacks, acute trauma responses, and debilitating mental spirals that have included suicidal ideation and masochistic behavior."
"I needed mental health care," the 'A Star Is Born' actress added. "I needed someone to see not through me or see the star that I'd become, but rather see in the darkness inside that I was struggling with."
"I wish there had been a system in place...to empower me to say no to things I felt I had to do, a system in place to empower me to stay away from toxic work environments or working with people who were of seriously questionable character, I wish I’d had you (the SAG-AFTRA Foundation) when I was 19,” the 'Born This Way' singer continued. "There were days that I struggled or couldn't make it to work and I don't want that for other artists or anyone."
"We need to bring mental health into the light," Gaga continued. "We need to share our stories so that global mental health no longer resides and festers in the darkness." "It is dangerous," she added. "We know this because amongst other shootings and acts of violence just last night there was a shooting in Thousand Oaks by a veteran who was believed to have suffered from untreated post-traumatic stress disorder, which is a mental health issue."
Gaga later spoke about how her Born This Way Foundation, which promotes "mental wellness", gave her "hope". She concluded her acceptance speech by saying, "Let's change the f--king world!"