Lady Gaga Shares Personal Message in Honor of World Mental Health Day
In order to promote yesterday's World Mental Health Day, global superstar Lady Gaga turned to Instagram to share a series of personal messages, inviting her fans to join her in a live, but silent meditation and prayer session.
Gaga shares, "Kindness Matters: Youth with high mental health inventory scores are significantly more likely to describe their environments as kind. 79% of 'mentally healthy' high schoolers say their schools are kind places. However, 61% of youth describe themselves as stressed and 1 in 4 say they are nervous all or most of the time. 90% of youth think mental health is an important priority but less than half talk about it with anyone. These statistics are highlights from a 'Kind Communities Survey' done by @btwfoundation with Benenson Strategy Group. It focused on youth (15-24) and parents to explore the factors that impact youth mental wellness including their relationship and environment. So simply, #BeKind #WorldMentalHealthDay."
She continued, "The National Institute of Mental Health's research shows 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness," she added with a photo of herself holding her head in her hands. "More than 18%, 42 million people in America live with an anxiety disorder, 16 million have experienced a major depressive episode in the past year/ National Alliance on Mental Illness research tells us depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide AND serious mental illness costs America more than $193 billion in lost earnings every year due to the affects these mental health issues have on people's ability to work, be functional, & provide for themselves and others. Jama Network research tells us 50% of all chronic mental illnesses begin by the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 24."
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