Lady Gaga and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently published a powerful editorial about mental health in The Guardian.
Dr. Tedros is the director-general of the World Health Organization, and he’s teamed up with Gaga to confront the global epidemic of suicide and mental illness.
They passionately argued that mental health services need a major signal boost.
800,000 people kill themselves every year. What can we do? | Tedros Adhanom and Lady Gaga https://t.co/mwJduSJoyp
— The Guardian (@guardian) October 9, 2018
From the editorial:
“Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address. Stigma, fear and lack of understanding compound the suffering of those affected and prevent the bold action that is so desperately needed and so long overdue.”
Gaga and Dr. Tedros claimed that simple awareness of the mental health crisis isn’t enough.
They went on to suggest the small amount of funding directed towards mental health services is a “paltry investment” that’s “destructive for communities.”
Mental health advocates worldwide reacted emotionally.
Excellent article! I, myself, have been suicidal two different times in my life. The incidents were 20 years or so apart from each other. It is a life long struggle for many. So, it is not something that you can just put a bandage on.
— Kristi Lovelace (@Kristi55900943) October 9, 2018
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— Kurama _ (@soonofvirgo) October 9, 2018
Now that's the way to use #Hollywood power.
— Trumpeteer (@Trumpeteer12) October 9, 2018
— Timothy Harrington (@aaiou1) October 11, 2018
— joÌ£o _ (@liroumtn) October 9, 2018
The editorial went viral on World Mental Health Day.
Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address https://t.co/cqz1iKWnK3
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) October 10, 2018
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 10, 2018
Lady Gaga recently lost a close friend to suicide.
Lady Gaga hopes the death of her friend Zombie Boy helps society be more open about mental health pic.twitter.com/ZBDzV4MUqp
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 4, 2018
Fans expressed their deep respect and love for Gaga.
— Laura Maria _ÙÐ_ (@remembermyangel) October 11, 2018
@ladygaga So glad you are speaking out about Mental Illness. Awesome you and your mother have started a mental health organization in which is very important. Because the Government has cut and ended funding for clinics all across the country especially for children. Peace
— Jeryl Bennett (@BennettJeryl) October 11, 2018
Thank you so much for addressing stigma with regard to mental health on your show tonight. When we say people (such as Trump) are acting “crazy” it only perpetuates stigma. @ladygaga #noshame #wellness
— Peace Day Philly (@peacedayphilly) October 11, 2018
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We highly recommend giving Gaga’s moving editorial a close read. She and Dr. Tedros make a compelling point about making mental health services more accessible, and we hope the world listens.