A lot of celebrities have been very open lately about their mental health struggles, and Lady Gaga is no exception. She recently told Today, “My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others.”
Now Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, are promoting a new program called Mental Health First Aid, which they also call CPR for the mind. As Mashable explains, it’s an eight-hour program that teaches people how to recognize signs of addiction and mental illness so that people suffering from it can get help. Part of this program is to try and beat down the stigmas that come with mental health problems.
As Lady Gaga tours throughout the country, two other mental health foundations, Born This Way and the National Council For Behavioral Health, will be holding training sessions in every state. The goal is to have 150,000 people trained by the end of the year.
One young Lady Gaga fan signed up for a training session, and told Mashable, “I learned that bullying can happen to anyone, and no matter how successful you are, you can still feel the demons from it. And it’s OK to say you’re upset about this. It’s OK to ask for help.”