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Prince William FaceTimes Lady Gaga for mental health film

Prince William used FaceTime to speak to Lady Gaga from as part of a campaign to raise awareness about mental health.

The pair joined forces from his London study to the pop star’s kitchen in Los Angeles in the Heads Together #oktosay film series. 

The Royal Family’s Facebook page hosted the World Premiere of the new film of the pair.

They discussed the powerful films that have been released showing people from all walks of life discussing their mental health challenges under the #oktosay banner.

Prince William used FaceTime to speak to Lady Gaga from as part of a campaign to raise awareness about mental health

Prince William used FaceTime to speak to Lady Gaga from as part of a campaign to raise awareness about mental health

The pair joined forces from his London study to the pop star's kitchen in Los Angeles in the Heads Together #oktosay film series

The pair joined forces from his London study to the pop star’s kitchen in Los Angeles in the Heads Together #oktosay film series

The Royal Family's Facebook page hosted the World Premiere of the new film of the pair

The Royal Family’s Facebook page hosted the World Premiere of the new film of the pair

Following his brother Harry’s confession that he struggled to cope with their mother’s death, William pledged to ensure his children ‘grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions’.

The prince said for too long it has been taboo or weak to talk about personal issues. And he warns that while the traditional stiff upper lip has its place, it should not be at the expense of mental wellbeing.

William’s candid interview yesterday came as his brother brought mental health to the top of the agenda with a deeply personal account of his battle to cope with Princess Diana’s death. 

Lady Gaga praised them for the ‘beautiful stories’ they told. Last year the Poker Face singer released an open letter through her Born This Way Foundation revealing that she lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Duke was hugely impressed with the openness displayed in the letter and asked her to get involved with the Heads Together campaign.

In their FaceTime call they discussed how opening up and having conversations about mental health was vital to shatter the stigma that still surrounds these issues.

Lady Gaga said she felt people with mental health challenges were ‘not hiding anymore’ with The Duke adding that it is time ‘to feel normal about mental health – it’s the same as physical health’ and that good conversations can ‘really make such a difference.’

The Duke and Lady Gaga also made plans to meet in the UK in October to discuss how they can work together and do more to tackle stigma on mental health with Lady Gaga saying ‘we have to make the strongest, most relentless attempt we can to normalise mental health issues.’ 

They discussed the powerful films that have been released showing people from all walks of life discussing their mental health challenges under the #oktosay banner

They discussed the powerful films that have been released showing people from all walks of life discussing their mental health challenges under the #oktosay banner

Last year the Poker Face singer released an open letter through her Born This Way Foundation revealing that she lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Last year the Poker Face singer released an open letter through her Born This Way Foundation revealing that she lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Duke was hugely impressed with the openness displayed in the letter and asked her to get involved with the Heads Together campaign

The Duke was hugely impressed with the openness displayed in the letter and asked her to get involved with the Heads Together campaign

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They want to have a particular focus on young people.

In the film Prince William said: ‘It’s time that everyone speaks up and really feels very normal about mental health, it’s the same as physical health. 

‘Everybody has mental health and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it and just having a conversation with a friend or family member can really make such a difference.’

‘It’s really important to have this conversation and that you won’t be judged. It’s so important to break open that fear and that taboo which is only going to lead to more problems down the line.’

Lady Gaga said: ‘Even though it was hard, the best thing that could come out of my mental illness was to share it with other people and let our generation, as well as other generations know that if you are feeling not well in your mind that you’re not alone and that people that you think would never have a problem, do.’

‘We have to make the strongest, most relentless attempt we can to normalise mental health issues, so that people feel like they can come forward.’

LADY GAGA’S LETTER ON PTSD 

Last year Lady Gaga released an open letter through her Born This Way Foundation revealing that she lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Last year Lady Gaga released an open letter through her Born This Way Foundation revealing that she lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

‘I have wrestled for some time about when, how and if I should reveal my diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). After five years of searching for the answers to my chronic pain and the change I have felt in my brain, I am finally well enough to tell you. There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, but it’s important that you know that there is hope and a chance for recovery.

It is a daily effort for me, even during this album cycle, to regulate my nervous system so that I don’t panic over circumstances that to many would seem like normal life situations. Examples are leaving the house or being touched by strangers who simply want to share their enthusiasm for my music.

I also struggle with triggers from the memories I carry from my feelings of past years on tour when my needs and requests for balance were being ignored. I was overworked and not taken seriously when I shared my pain and concern that something was wrong. I ultimately ended up injured on the Born This Way Ball. That moment and the memory of it has changed my life forever. The experience of performing night after night in mental and physical pain ingrained in me a trauma that I relive when I see or hear things that remind me of those days.

I also experience something called dissociation which means that my mind doesn’t want to relive the pain so “I look off and I stare” in a glazed over state. As my doctors have taught me, I cannot express my feelings because my pre-frontal cortex (the part of the brain that controls logical, orderly thought) is overridden by the amygdala (which stores emotional memory) and sends me into a fight or flight response. My body is in one place and my mind in another. It’s like the panic accelerator in my mind gets stuck and I am paralyzed with fear.

When this happens I can’t talk. When this happens repeatedly, it makes me have a common PTSD reaction which is that I feel depressed and unable to function like I used to. It’s harder to do my job. It’s harder to do simple things like take a shower. Everything has become harder. Additionally, when I am unable to regulate my anxiety, it can result in somatization, which is pain in the body caused by an inability to express my emotional pain in words.

But I am a strong and powerful woman who is aware of the love I have around me from my team, my family and friends, my doctors and from my incredible fans who I know will never give up on me. I will never give up on my dreams of art and music. I am continuing to learn how to transcend this because I know I can. If you relate to what I am sharing, please know that you can too.

Traditionally, many associate PTSD as a condition faced by brave men and women that serve countries all over the world. While this is true, I seek to raise awareness that this mental illness affects all kinds of people, including our youth. I pledge not only to help our youth not feel ashamed of their own conditions, but also to lend support to those servicemen and women who suffer from PTSD. No one’s invisible pain should go unnoticed.

I am doing various modalities of psychotherapy and am on medicine prescribed by my psychiatrist. However, I believe that the most inexpensive and perhaps the best medicine in the world is words. Kind words…positive words…words that help people who feel ashamed of an invisible illness to overcome their shame and feel free. This is how I and we can begin to heal. I am starting today, because secrets keep you sick. And I don’t want to keep this secret anymore.’ 

The Heads Together campaign, led by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, today also released new YouGov research on the way young people talk about their mental health, including how they increasingly use phones, emails and social media for these conversations.

The YouGov research published today shows that people aged 18-24 are talking more often than older age groups about their mental health but that they are more likely to talk to a friend and less comfortable talking to family members or the GP, than other age groups. 

It also shows that young people are much more likely than other age groups to start a conversation about their own mental health via text, email or a social media chat.  

It comes after Prime Minister Theresa May praised Prince Harry for his bravery in revealing that he sought counselling to come to terms with the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

 Prince William used FaceTime to speak to Lady Gaga from as part of a campaign to raise awareness about mental health

 Prince William used FaceTime to speak to Lady Gaga from as part of a campaign to raise awareness about mental health

William pledged that he and his wife Kate would ensure their children George and Charlotte would ‘grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions’

William pledged that he and his wife Kate would ensure their children George and Charlotte would ‘grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions’

Harry, who was only 12 when she was killed in a car crash in Paris, said he later had two years of ‘total chaos’, often felt ‘on the verge of punching someone’ and had finally sought counselling for his demons.

His intervention earned praise from mental health charities, MPs and campaigners.

William, who has been more reluctant than Harry to show his feelings in public, does not reveal in his own interview whether he has sought help to cope with Diana’s death.

Princess Diana is pictured with her two sons William and Harry in 1988 - nine years before her death in a car crash

Princess Diana is pictured with her two sons William and Harry in 1988 – nine years before her death in a car crash

Diana was killed when the car carrying herself and her lover Dodi Fayed smashed into a pillar inside a Parisian tunnel in the early hours (pictured, Diana's funeral in 1997)

Diana was killed when the car carrying herself and her lover Dodi Fayed smashed into a pillar inside a Parisian tunnel in the early hours (pictured, Diana’s funeral in 1997)

Harry revealed how his brother William (pictured together at a service commemorating their mother's life in 2007) implored his younger sibling to get help after 'shutting down'

Harry revealed how his brother William (pictured together at a service commemorating their mother’s life in 2007) implored his younger sibling to get help after ‘shutting down’

Instead he highlights the ‘absolutely appalling’ toll of young male suicide and insists it is essential to talk through traumatic or stressful experiences.

William, who was 15 when his mother died, says: ‘For too long there has been a taboo about talking about some important issues. If you were anxious, it’s because you were weak. If you couldn’t cope with whatever life threw at you, it’s because you were failing.

‘Successful, strong people don’t suffer like that, do they? But of course – we all do. It’s just that few of us speak about it. There may be a time and a place for the stiff upper lip but not at the expense of your health.’

Diana's death would send shockwaves around the world and triggered an unprecedented outpouring of grief in Britain

Diana’s death would send shockwaves around the world and triggered an unprecedented outpouring of grief in Britain

William praised his employers for encouraging him to speak about the difficulties he faces at work, but insists many are not so lucky. ‘Sometimes, emotions have to be put to one side to get the job done, but if you have been through an especially traumatic or stressful situation it is essential to talk it through after the event,’ he says.

And in what appeared to be a direct reference to his brother, he says: ‘If you don’t acknowledge how you feel it will only bottle up, and could reassert itself later as illness.’

His brother opened up about his personal struggles in an interview with the Daily Telegraph yesterday.

The crux came, he said, at the age of 28 when he began to suffer panic attacks during royal engagements. ‘I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions.’

Prince William and Kate Middleton will feature in a two-part BBC series called Mind Over Marathon on Thursday night. 

The show will follow 10 people who are running the London Marathon on Sunday, which has chosen Heads Together as its main charity. 

Article source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4420490/Prince-William-FaceTimes-Lady-Gaga-mental-health-film.html

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