Lady Gaga’s Free Counseling Offer to Fans Shows Celebs Can Help More Than They Do

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lady gagaPlenty of celebs do charity. They donate money, they do PSA videos, they do benefit concerts. But Lady Gaga is doing even more, and I hope other celebs take note. She's offering free counseling services to fans at the BTW BornBrave pre-show

Lady Gaga has already giving countless young people validation and support through her music and performances. She has created a community of "monsters" -- her tongue-in-cheek term of affection for fans who don't feel like they fit in with the mainstream. But the counseling takes that a step further.

She announced Friday via Facebook

At the BornBrave Bus you have access to professional private or group chats about mental health, depression, bullying, school & friends... BornBrave Bus Is a place where mental health + depression are taken seriously w/ no judgement, FREE real help available to all. I feel like most kids don't look for help because they feel embarrassed so mom + I wanted to break the stigmas around "help" and make it fun.

Wow, such a big-hearted way to give back to her fans! And of course she's right -- too many kids don't get the help they need because of the stigma. Or maybe because they don't know where to go, or because they don't trust most medical professionals. I think Lady Gaga is creating a place where people feel safe getting that help. It's part of the mission of her Born This Way foundation.

After horrifying tragedies like the Newtown shootings, we talk a lot about dealing with mental illness. But as awful as those mass killings are, mental illness strikes in countless quieter ways every day: Substance abuse, physical abuse, unplanned pregnancies, cutting, and yes, suicide. People are suffering while we look the other way, or blame lack of "personal responsibility" or willpower. But maybe with more people like Lady Gaga taking real action, more tragedies, large and small, can be prevented.

Would you be more willing to get therapy if it were free and offered before an event you're attending?

 

Image via LadyGaga.com/BornThisWayBall

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Pinkmani Pinkmani

I love it! And I love Gaga!!! I really wish I could meet her and I wish her happiness.

okijet okijet

we have the holy spirit, to guide our hearts, and it should be placed on the most profound articulation where prior to going to some concert has any standing.  But it's nice of her, so why not just gather phone numbers and get their personal feelings across to gaga ''that'' way, probably not so hard or such a bantor, if they look up to her, perhaps she is very good at counseling since she is so good at expressing her art.  Art though, is not really an answer if you're poor and have no money for things to make art.   welcome spring.gif(postitive thought)

Ashle... AshleyB1984

I really like her attitude.

Miche... MichelleK41

How can you turn down free therapy when its so freaking expensive these days and most insurances don't cover it.


 

mrswi... mrswillie

Lady Gaga is such an inspiration.

Kmakk... Kmakksmom

That's really cool!

MamaM... MamaMandee

I think this is so great of her to do! 

Bmat Bmat

I hope that people are helped.

timon95 timon95

i think it's great when they actually reach out and try to help instead of just throw money around or make psa's just toget their face out there.

Wish2Be Wish2Be

While I think that this is a great step in the right direction....I find myself wondering if they are doing free references...simply because I have never heard of a cure with one session....not even a dramatic breakthrough. I think one session is more of a reality check that you might need to seek additional help, but they have to be willing to keep going with it.

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