Lady Gaga Addresses Mental Health During Grammy Speech

By Beth Leipholtz 02/12/19

Gaga highlighted mental health during an acceptance speech at the 2019 Grammys. 

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Lady Gaga talking about mental health during Grammy acceptance speech

Mental health awareness is something that has always been close to Lady Gaga’s heart. 

In fact, while accepting a Grammy for her co-performance of the song “Shallow” in the film A Star Is Born, Gaga took the opportunity to speak to the importance of looking out for one another. 

"If I don't get another chance to say this, I just want to say I'm so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues. They're so important," Gaga said. "A lot of artists deal with that. And we gotta take care of each other. So if you see somebody that's hurting, don't look away. And if you're hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you."

Gaga also took a moment to acknowledge Bradley Cooper, her co-star in the film, who was not present at the awards show.

"I wish Bradley was here with me right now," she said. "I know he wants to be here. Bradley, I loved singing this song with you."

This was not the first time Gaga has spoken about mental health awareness. In November, according to Harper’s Bazaar, she spoke at the Patron of the Artists Award about the necessity of bringing mental health conversation to the forefront. 

"When I speak about mental health, especially when I’m speaking about mine, it is often met with quietness,” she said. “Or maybe, a somber line of fans, waiting outside to whisper to me in the shadows about their darkest secrets. We need to bring mental health into the light.”

In October 2018, Gaga was named one of Elle’s Women in Hollywood. During her acceptance speech, she touched on various serious topics, including her experience with sexual assault. 

“As a sexual assault survivor by someone in the entertainment industry, as a woman who is still not brave enough to say his name, as a woman who lives with chronic pain, as a woman who was conditioned at a very young age to listen to what men told me to do, I decided today I wanted to take the power back,” Gaga said during her speech, according to Elle.  

Gaga also addressed mental health during the same speech, stressing the importance of coming together. 

“It is my personal dream that there would be a mental health expert teacher or therapist in every school in this nation and hopefully one day around the world,” Gaga added. “Let’s lift our voices. I know we are, but let’s get louder. And not just as women. But as humans.”

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Beth is a Minnesota girl who got sober at age 20. By day she is a website designer, and in her spare time she enjoys writing about recovery at www.lifetobecontinued.com, doing graphic design and spending time with her boyfriend and three dogs. Find Beth on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.

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