The importance that talking plays in managing and recovering from mental health issues can never, ever be understated. And so too is creating public dialogues around mental health issues and treatment; normalising it in the public space and de-stigmatising it goes a long way towards encouraging people who need the help to seek it.
We’ve seen almost countless celebrities speak out on the issue in recent times, but this latest PSA arguably contains the biggest and most wide-reaching star power of them all.
Lady Gaga and Prince William have joined forces to encourage conversations about mental health awareness as part of the Heads Together charity campaign being spearheaded by the Royal Family and Kensington Palace.
Gaga and William reached out across the Atlantic for a FaceTime chat discussing the issue in an exceedingly cute and kinda wholly nice video posted by the Palace to Twitter a short while ago.
It’s the kind of normal, plain-terms display from people in public prominence that really drives momentum for increased discourse further down the road; not forced, not overly scripted, but rather effortless and conversational.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 18, 2017
That’s a nice, wonderful thing, right there.
For more information about the Palace’s campaign, you can check out Heads Together‘s website. The charity has produced a number of quite moving films featuring ordinary people discussing their experiences with mental health in frank and relatable terms.
Locally, if you need assistance dealing with a mental health issue, or if you’d like more information on the subject, visit Headspace.
If you need someone to talk to, Beyond Blue offers 24/7 phone counselling on 1300 22 4636.
If you’re in a crisis situation, please don’t hesitate to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
And if you, or someone you know, is experiencing an emergency issue, call 000 immediately.
Source: Kensington Palace/Twitter.