Lada Gaga Pens Powerful Essay About Suicide And The Stigma Of Mental Health

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.


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.

The editorial went viral on World Mental Health Day.

Lady Gaga recently lost a close friend to suicide.

Fans expressed their deep respect and love for Gaga.

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.

H/T: The Guardian, Billboard