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Prince William FaceTimed This American Singer To Discuss Mental Health Awareness

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  •  April 20, 2017

 

After Prince Harry revealed about his depressed state of mind post her mother’s death, it has become quite evident that the Royal Family has been constantly showing its commitment to openly talk and promote mental health awareness.

In the latest news, they’ve collaborated with Lady Gaga to help them.

Following Prince Harry’s steps, his elder brother, Prince William has joined in the initiative by having a conversation about mental health challenges with Gaga. The pair spoke over FaceTime in a video that was live-streamed on Facebook.

Well, you may ask why Lady Gaga?

Let us tell you that since the actress has always been quite vocal about her being raped at age 19 and fighting post traumatic stress disorder, her experience and the way she has designed her life now, makes her the perfect partner for the royal’s Heads Together campaign, to “change the conversation on mental health.”

The 6-minute video shows the pop star sipping tea as she FaceTimed Prince William from her kitchen.

“I am so grateful to speak to you,” the Coachella headliner told him. “I’m a very big fan of what you’ve done with Heads Together and #oktosay… The beautiful films you made with the Heads Together campaign told beautiful stories and it reminded me how much my mental health changing changed my life.”

Depression

The feeling was mutual.

“Harry, Catherine, and I really felt this was such an important area that throughout all our charitable work, whether it was the veterans, homelessness, addiction, most of it seemed to stem back to mental health issues,” Prince William responded, noting his work with his brother Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge. “I read your open letter you wrote the other day and I thought it was incredibly moving and very brave of you to write down such personal feelings.”

When asked how voicing her experience affected the actress, she said:

“It made me very nervous at first,” she admitted. “For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is something that is very hard to describe. There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness. You feel like something’s wrong with you. In my life I go, ‘oh my goodness, look at all these beautiful, wonderful things that I have, and I should be so happy,’ but you can’t help it if in the morning when you wake up you are so tired, so you are so sad. You are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can barely think. But…this is a part of me and that’s okay.”

“It’s okay to have this conversation,” he told Gaga. “It’s important to have this conversation.”

She added that sharing her story with fans was “the best thing to come out of my mental illness.”

Post the video chat, Lady Gaga, and Prince William are now planning to meet in the U.K. in October in hopes of another ‘Heads Together’ collaboration. Click here to learn more about the campaign.

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