Lady Gaga wants to “f**king change the world” in a big way.
The 32-year-old singer was honoured Thursday night along with Harrison Ford, Spike Lee and Jeffrey Katzenberg at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron of the Artists Awards ceremony.
Gaga used the occasion to deliver a 23-minute speech about one of the most important issues afflicting people, calling for action to build more mental health support and services, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I’m sad to say, but with truth in my heart and knowledge, that we are in the midst of a global mental health crisis,” Gaga said. “Today, one in four people experience mental health crisis. I am one of those people.”
She continued, “The need in this world for kindness is paralyzing. The negative news and tragedies are nonstop and overwhelming. Let’s make kindness overwhelming. Let’s together cultivate within this community a habit of kindness that is an example to the world. Let’s live in a culture of kindness through our individual acts and take back what determines our future.”
The “A Star is Born” breakout also addressed the shooting at a club this week in Thousand Oaks, Cal., in which 12 people were murdered before the shooter took his own life.
“Just last night there was a shooting in Thousand Oaks by a veteran who was believed to have suffered from untreated post traumatic stress disorder which is a mental issue,” she reminded the audience. “We know that this is dangerous and we know that its important and we have to pay attention to it.”
Speaking about her own struggles with mental health, Gaga said, “I needed help earlier. I needed mental health care. I needed someone to see not through me or see the star that I had become, but rather see the darkness inside that I was struggling with. I wish I had mental health resources because although what I have is treatable and can hopefully and will get better over time, if there was preventative mental health care accessible to me earlier, I believe it would not have gotten as bad as it did.”
She concluded with her direct call to action, “Let’s create a more nuanced infrastructure. And let’s f**king change the world.”
On the red carpet at the gala, Variety caught up with Gaga and asked her for her thoughts on the midterm elections in the U.S. this week.
“There’s 100 women in the House and I’m really happy about that,” the singer said with a smile.