Lady Gaga is expanding her Born This Way foundation.
The Oscar-winning singer is set to have her foundation, along with the National Council for Behavioural Health, in 20 additional high schools across the United States by this fall.
This new addition will benefit teens with a peer-to-peer mental health program.
Gaga has been a long supporter of teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA), and in a new video promoting the addition, Gaga brought 16 students from eight schools out on stage during one of her Las Vegas residency shows to announce the expansion.
“With teen Mental Health First Aid, we like to say, it’s okay to not be okay,” Gaga said. “Sometimes when life gives you a million reasons to not want to stay, you need just one person that looks at you, listens to you, helps you get help and validates how you feel. Together, Born This Way and the National Council have put this program in eight schools and soon it will be in 20 more. I know for certain that I’m not stopping here. I want the teen Mental Health First Aid program in every school in this country.”
According to the tMHFA, the program will be “an in-person training for high school students in grades 10 to 12 to learn about mental illnesses, including how to identify and respond to a developing mental health or substance use problem among their peers.”
Gaga founded the Born This Way Foundation in 2011.