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Lady Gaga has long been an advocate for mental health awareness. She's used public platforms to draw attention to emotional well-being and even FaceTimed with Prince William about mental health last year. On top of speaking up about depression and PTSD, the singer has also been candid about her own struggles with feeling alone and has stood up for survivors of sexual assault.
Last night, while accepting a Grammy award for Best Pop/Duo Group Performance for "Shallow" (a song off her hit movie A Star Is Born), Lady Gaga took a moment to address the issue of mental illness in Hollywood.
"I'm so proud to be part of a movie that addresses mental health issues," she said. "A lot of artists deal with that—and we've got to take care of each other."
For those who haven't seen the film, A Star Is Born tells the story of a rising star (Lady Gaga) and her mentor (played by Bradley Cooper), who struggles with substance abuse problems and severe depression.
"If you see somebody that is hurting, don't look away," Lady Gaga said. "And if you are hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you." (Related: The Symptom of Depression No One Talks About)
People on Twitter were quick to show their support for Lady Gaga's speech and were thrilled she used the Grammys stage to lift the stigma surrounding mental health.
"Lady Gaga using her Grammys speech to talk about mental health and our need to take care of each other was another gift A Star Is Born has given us," one user wrote.
Lady Gaga using her Grammys speech to talk about mental health and our need to take care of each other was another gift A Star Is Born has given us
— ilana kaplan (@lanikaps) February 11, 2019
"I really respect lady gaga so much and I'm so glad she's incredibly vocal about mental health," another user wrote. "We really do need to emphasize how important asking for help is. It shouldn't be seen as weak to tell someone you need help."
I really respect lady gaga so much and I’m so glad she’s incredibly vocal about mental health. we really do need to emphasize how important asking for help is. it shouldn’t be seen as weak to tell someone you need help.
— gabby (@gabby_frost) February 11, 2019
You can watch Lady Gaga's entire emotional speech below: