I am 1000% in favor of de-stigmatizing mental health and mental illness. It is the idea of needing to hide something for fear of embarrassment/discrimination/backlash that causes problems in the first place. Suppressing an issue is never beneficial for emotional development. But when I saw that the British Royal Family was publicly leading a conversation about mental health and awareness, I was quite pleasantly surprised.
Heads Together asserts that “through [their] work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, [they] have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to end stigma around mental health. Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing, and is a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.” (Source: Heads Together)
Lady Gaga has also been a strong proponent of advocating for those who are marginalized, due to social and emotional issues. I won’t say I was completely surprised to see her involved in this conversation for that reason, however it was compelling to watch her speak with Prince William on video about the importance of taking care of your mental health, just like you would take care of your physical health.
Overall, I think it’s fantastic that this conversation is coming out of the woodwork into the light, where it belongs. Hopefully more celebrities and the like can continue to bring awareness to a subject that impacts us all. Watch below for the conversations with Lady Gaga, Prince William, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge.