Love her or hate her, I think each and every single one of us has to show some respect to Lady Gaga.
Yeah, you might not agree with her stance on every single issue, but unlike most celebrities, Gaga has been willing to offer more than talk when it comes to some very serious and complicated problems facing our youth today.
I’ve been a fan of her Born This Way Foundation since its launch back in March. This foundation, which Gaga says is not strictly about anti-bullying, is attempting to empower the youth in this country, teach acceptance of others, to embrace and encourage individuality and to promote a general feeling of love between us.
Oh, I can hear it now: this is all just a bunch of liberal hoo-hah that is going to make no impact on you or I or our future or our lives. But let’s stop and take a long, hard look at ourselves and our society: don’t you think we’re missing that feeling of encouraging each other? Haven’t we lost that knowledge that “we’re all in this together?”
This is the main message in our book for children, Pete the Popcorn: kids need to learn to encourage each other every single day!
Mental health has been acknowledged to be a serious problem in our country since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut earlier this month. But what are we doing to fix the problem among our youth, at a young age? Not a heck of a lot– except talk. What if Adam Lanza had felt that he was included, accepted and encouraged? Would things be different today? I’m not saying that an organization with goals like BTWF are going to help each and every child that comes along…. but it’s better than doing nothing.
Why am I bringing all of this up today? Because yesterday, Lady Gaga had this to say, on Facebook:
“For those wondering about the “counseling” at the BTWBall BornBrave pre-show, it will be a fun tailgating experience for monsters to unite.
At the BornBrave Bus you have access to professional private or group chats about mental health, depression, bullying, school & friends. There will also be food and games, DJ White Shadow and Lady Starlight will DJ with hostBREEDLOVE to keep the experience fun.
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.
I’m counting down the days till the Ball starts up again. ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT OF TOURING, what will I do!!!!?? I love seeing you every night!”
So I explored further… it turns out that Gaga is bringing this bus to pre-shows for her Born This Way Ball, taking 27 cities by storm this Winter and early Spring across the United States, all in an effort to raise awareness of mental health issues that affect young adults.
The Born This Way Foundation is teaming up with the National Council for Behavioral Health to set up booths with psychologists for her fans to have easy access to someone to speak with, at no charge, with no judgement.
I found this quote from Cynthia Germanotta, Gaga’s mother and president of the Born This Way Foundation, “Now more than ever, our kids need access to support within their communities, including mental health services…. by connecting youth to these local resources, we hope to plant the seeds that will help them deal with today’s challenges and inspire them to continue exercising their strength and bravery well after the Born Brave Bus leaves town.”
Seriously, this is a great example of “we’re all in this together.” The government doesn’t even have to get involved if you and I– private citizens– take our time, treasure or talent and work to promote the greater good. Sure, Lady Gaga has the resources and base of supporters to affect millions with this initiative. But you could reach out to one person– and so could I.
We can and should all take a page from Gaga’s book. She is taking her success and transforming it into a vehicle to cause good things.
Take some inspiration from Lady Gaga. No– don’t put on a meat dress. But think about what you can do to help… in your own little way.
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