Lady Gaga is speaking out about how much progress is being made in the arena of mental health.
She and the co-author, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, spoke about how the system for mental health as a whole seems to be lacking. In an op-ed for The Guardian, it was actually written that mental health receives less than one percent of global aid. Gaga then went on to call every nation in the world developing when it comes to mental health.
This, in particular, makes her come off as frustrated with how the system operates. Clearly, she has some level of experience with it and that is by no means a bad thing but can indeed be a good one since she can give advice and likely even help run it more efficiently.
Gaga also spoke about the many different stigmas surrounding mental health and the treatment process. This means that many people might be wandering around the world without any aid at all due to the simple fact that they fear being called names or being disowned by their family.
In fact, this is a huge issue and it's one that is commonly spoken about in schools but tends to get a bad reaction due to a lack of knowledge and fear. There's also the reality that some people think they're better than those with a mental illness and would, in turn, treat them like they are an inferior being.
The two authors wrote: "we struggle to talk about it openly or to offer adequate care or resources. Within families and communities, we often remain silenced by a shame that tells us that those with mental illness are somehow less worthy or at fault for their own suffering."
Mental health is more than just an uphill battle, it's a journey that has many ups and downs. This is why those who suffer from any form of illness need the utmost amount of support. If they don't get the support they need, they can't really get help or at least it might take them a far longer time to find the courage to get the help that they need.
In short, Gaga's message is that we all need to focus on these issues more as they're a growing one.