"There's a lot of shame attached to mental illness."

By Faith Brar
Updated: April 19, 2017

The royal family has been emphasizing the importance of opening up about mental health lately, and now Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is having the same convo with another mental health advocate: Lady Gaga.

The pair chatted over FaceTime as part of the Duke of Cambridge's Heads Together campaign, spearheaded alongside Duchess Kate Middleton and Prince Harry (who recently talked about the importance of going to therapy). The cause aims to raise awareness about mental illness and focuses on removing the negative stereotypes surrounding it-similar to Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation that also combats bullying.

"There's a lot of shame attached to mental illness," Lady Gaga tells Prince William in the video posted on the royal family's Facebook page. "You feel like something is wrong with you."

"In my life, I go 'Oh my goodness, look at all these beautiful, wonderful things that I have, I should be so happy,'" she continued. "But you can't help it if in the morning when you wake up you are so tired, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can barely think."In response, Prince William says, "It's really important to have this conversation. You won't be judged. It's so important to break open that fear and that taboo, which is only going to lead to more problems down the line." "Mental health is the same as physical health," he says. "Everybody has mental health, and we shouldn't be ashamed of it." Prince William was inspired to reach out to Lady Gaga after reading her open letter about PTSD and sexual assault when she was 19. They plan to meet in the U.K. in October to discuss how they can work together to help struggling youth.



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