Lady Gaga launches free online course to empower people who support those struggling with mental health issues – New York Daily News
Lady Gaga has “five golden rules of how to be there for someone safely,” and she wants to share them with the world.
“Number One: Say what you see. Number Two: Show you care. Number Three: Listen to them. Number Four: Know your role. Number Five: Connect to help, kindly and safely” , she said in a video shared on social media on Wednesday.
Grammy and Oscar winner Stefani Germanotta has announced the launch of a new online course designed to empower people who want to care for those who may be struggling with mental health issues.
The course, Be There Certificate, is a resource created by the “Rain on Me” singer and her Born This Way Foundation in partnership with the Canadian mental health advocacy group. Jack.org.
“It provides an in-depth understanding of the 5 Golden Rules of Be There – a simple yet actionable framework on how to recognize when someone might be experiencing mental health issues, your role in supporting that person and how to connect them the help she deserves,” according to a statement.
The free, self-paced online course is designed to provide people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to recognize and safely support those who may need help.
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“I’m really glad the Be There Certificate exists because when I was younger I struggled and needed a framework like this to help me learn to be there for myself- myself, but also for the people around me,” the 35-year-old artist and activist said.
“This resource can really change the way we interact with each other in all environments of daily life,” she added.
The Manhattan-born figurehead said she constantly hears young people around the world say they need “validation, affirmation and support”, and the course offers “a whole framework on how to do that. To do”.
Last year, Gaga leaked gruesome details of her rape by a predatory producer when she was 19.
The traumatic incident caused her to suffer a mental breakdown years later. “I had a total psychotic break and for a few years I wasn’t the same girl,” she said in the first episode of Apple TV+’s docuseries “The Me You Can’t See.” produced by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry.
“The way I feel when I feel pain is how I felt after being raped,” she said.
The Be There Certificate resource is now available in English, French and Spanish at betherecertificate.org.