While accepting an award at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron of the Artists Awards last week, Lady Gaga spoke about her “mental health crisis” and the need for better mental health support for those who work in the entertainment industry.
According to Variety, Gaga revealed that she became overwhelmed by demanding work commitments. “I began to notice that I would stare off into space and black out for seconds or minutes,” she said. “I would see flashes of things I was tormented by, experiences that were filed away in my brain with ‘I’ll deal with you later’ for many years because my brain was protecting me, as science teaches us. These were also symptoms of disassociation and PTSD and I did not have a team that included mental health support.”
Gaga also said that her distress led to physical symptoms, including chronic pain and fibromayalgia, and “debilitating mental spirals that have included suicidal ideation and masochistic behavior.”
This is not the first time Gaga has opened up about her mental health in such vivid detail. In the past, she has spoken candidly about suffering from PTSD as a result of being sexually assaulted when she was 19. During her acceptance speech on Thursday, Gaga called on SAG-AFTRA to partner with her foundation Born This Way, which in part works to build better mental health resources, to implement programming for union members.
“I wish there had been a system in place to protect and guide me, a system in place to empower me to say no to things I felt I had to do, a system in place to empower me to stay away from toxic work environments or working with people who were of seriously questionable character,” she said. “There were days that I struggled or couldn’t make it to work and I don’t want that for other artists or anyone.”
Watch a portion of her speech below.
— Lady Gaga Lately ♈ (@AMENARTPOP) November 9, 2018
Read more at Variety.