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Prince William Speaks Up About Mental Health

It comes as no surprise after Prince Harry's revelations yesterday, that mental health awareness is important to the royal family.

Prince William in particular is focusing his efforts back to mental health after his brothers brave admission of mental struggles through his life.

In their efforts to promote the discussion on mental health, the royals have just enlisted none other than Lady Gaga to help shed light on the issue.

Prince William candidly asks Gaga via skype to talk about how she felt about speaking publicly about her own mental health issues.

"It made me very nervous at first," Gaga explained to the prince.

"For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is something that is very hard to describe. There's a lot of shame attached to mental illness. You feel like something's wrong with you."

"In my life, I go, 'Oh my goodness, look at all these beautiful, wonderful things that I have. I should be so happy,' but you can't help it it if, in the morning when you wake up, you are so tired, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can barely think," she described. 

The campaign aims to highlight that mental health illness effects people from all walks of life and with the help of Gaga’s young international following the royals hope that their messages will encourage sufferers to seek help.  

"Even though it was hard, it was 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, you are not alone" Gaga explained.

"We have to make the strongest most relentless attempt we can to normalize mental health issues, so people feel they can come forward."

For Gaga, this conversation comes after publishing an open letter to her millions of followers about her struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

"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.”

The skype video is the first instalment of a mini film series called #oktosay advocating to the masses that it’s simply ok not to be ok.

If you, or anyone you know are suffering from mental health issues please don't hesitate to reach out:

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