Lady Gaga is shedding light on the stigma around suicide and mental health.
The “A Star is Born” actress teamed up with the World Health Organization’s director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to pen an op-ed for The Guardian.
“By the time you finish reading this, at least six people will have killed themselves around the world,” the op-ed begins. That translates to 800,000 deaths by suicide annually.
“Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address,” they continue. “Stigma, fear and lack of understanding compound the suffering of those affected.”
The two say these causes “prevent the bold action that is so desperately needed and so long overdue.”
Gaga and Adhanom note how their very different paths of life intersect at this important issue: “The two of us have taken different paths in life, but both of us have seen how political leadership, funding, innovation and individual acts of bravery and compassion can change the world. It is time to do the same for mental health.”
The last two years have seen numerous celebrities die of suicide, including: Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell.