Lady Gaga's tour is now going to include free, professional counseling her her BornBrave Bus where her little monsters can get help for mental health care issues.
In a post on Facebook last night, Gaga explained that the BornBrave Bus will give her fans:
... access to professional private or group chats about mental health, depression, bullying, school & friends. There will also be food and games, DJ White Shadow and Lady Starlight will DJ with host BREEDLOVE to keep the experience fun. BornBrave Bus Is a place where mental health + depression are taken seriously w/ no judgement, FREE real help available to all. I feel like most kids don't look for help because they feel embarrassed so mom + I wanted to break the stigmas around "help" and make it fun.
Gaga doesn't explain where her fans can go from the private or group chats; hopefully in every city she tours, there will be ways to get referrals.
This is an enormously cool project ... it's just a sad state of affairs when a pop star has to provide free mental health care because other social services in this country are either too crappy, too booked up, or too expensive. Would that other artists start doing this so more people can get the mental health care they need.
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