Prince William and Lady Gaga talk mental health over FaceTime video

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In a FaceTime conversation, Britain's Prince William and pop diva Lady Gaga say they want to 'normalise' mental health, a day after Prince Harry revealed he had sought help in his late-20s.

Hot on the heels of his brother talking about his own mental illness, Prince William has FaceTimed with Lady Gaga to talk about hers.

Part of the Heads Together campaign, which is spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to end shame and judgement around mental health, the video accompanies the hashtag #oktosay.

Following on from an open letter Lady Gaga wrote about her own mental health, Prince William asks Gaga, "I wanted to ask you very much what you – how you – found speaking out and how it made you feel?"

Lady Gaga FaceTiming with Prince William about mental health stigma.
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Lady Gaga FaceTiming with Prince William about mental health stigma.

"It made me very nervous at first," she says. "There's a lot of shame attached to mental illness, you feel like something's wrong with you.

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"And in my life I go, 'Oh my goodness, look at all these beautiful, wonderful things that I have, and I should be so happy.

"But you can't help it if in the morning when you wake up and you are so tired, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can barely think... but, it was like saying, 'This is a part of me. And that's OK'."

Prince William and Lady Gaga's warm and cordial discussion focuses on how beneficial it is to be able to talk to a friend or family member about your mental health, and how – once you get over the hesitation to talk about your own mental illness – you won't be judged.

"It's so important to break open that fear and that taboo," Prince William says. "[Not talking about your mental health] is only going to lead to more problems down the line."

This short video is yet another stigma-breaking example that mental health issues don't discriminate. It can affect anybody, no matter their socio-economic background or relative power in the world.

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"You're not alone", Gaga says at the end of the video. "People that you think would never have a problem, do."

 - Stuff

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