10 Lady Gaga Mental Health Quotes That Helped Break Stigma

While a decade ago Lady Gaga was best known for wearing a meat dress and arriving at the Grammy Awards in a giant egg-shaped contraption, these days she’s also lauded for her relentless pursuit of mental health equality. In fact, Lady Gaga’s quotes about mental health are so relevant they will inspire you to join her in the effort to break the stigma. It’s no secret that Gaga has always been strategic and intentional about making cultural and political statements with her music — few will forget her artistic commentary on the damaging effects of fame from her performance of the song “Paparazzi” at the 2009 Video Music Awards.

However, the addition of her brutal honesty about her own mental health struggles — she revealed at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s third annual Patron of the Artists Awards that she has battled PTSD and “debilitating mental spirals that have included suicidal ideation and masochistic behavior” — has sparked an important mental health dialogue. What’s more, Gaga is using every opportunity, including acceptance speeches, natural disasters, press events for her movie A Star Is Born, and more to speak out about the importance of bringing mental illness out of the shadows and into everyday conversations.  more

Lady Gaga shares mental health struggle, thoughts of suicide: ‘My inner voice shut down’

 Lady Gaga pre-empted her speech Thursday night about the need for mental health programs with a warning.

“I feel very much like I do not belong here,” the pop star-turned-Oscar-buzzworthy actress said to actors and producers at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s annual fundraiser Patron Of the Artists Awards, where Spike Lee, Harrison Ford and Jeffrey Katzenberg were also honored.

“So I spent three-and-a-half hours writing what I was going to say. And as I’ve been sitting here all night, I’ve been going, ‘Oh my God, your speech is too long and everybody’s going to get bored.’ “

At about 20 minutes, the speech was long, yes. But the room of actors was riveted by what Gaga said from the podium about kindness, mental health outreach and her own struggles.  more