Prince William and Lady Gaga join forces to shatter mental health stigma

The discussion came as part of this year's Time to Talk Day for the Heads Together charity mental health campaign after Lady Gaga recently penned a moving open letter to fans about living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Duke - who has made plans to meet with the Just Dance hitmaker when she's over in the United Kingdom in October - then replied: "It's ok to have this conversation, it's so important to open that taboo which is only going to create more problems down the line".

"She created the new template, the new orthodoxy", said Ellis Cashmore, a visiting professor of sociology at Aston University and the author of "Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption". "I think it's just a tragedy that we're not talking about this at all".

"You feel like something is wrong with you", she told Prince William.

The father-of-two, who with his brother Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge have championed the Heads Together campaign, has called for an end to the "stiff upper lip" culture, saying he wants Prince George and Princess Charlotte to be able to talk about their emotions.

A FORMER teacher at a school in Taunton whose baby and husband died within days of each other has been comforted by Prince William.

William then made plans to meet Gaga in the United Kingdom in October to discuss how they can work together to do more to tackle the mental health stigma.

Lady Gaga, who a year ago spoke out about her struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, places the call from her kitchen in California, and William answers at his desk in Kensington Palace.

"It was like saying, "this is a part of me and that's OK".

Prince William speaking at the screening of documentary "Mind over Marathon" about mental health. You never get over it, it's such an unbelievably big moment in your life that it never leaves you.

Like old time friends, Lady Gaga and Prince William opened up about mental health.

"It was only right to share my experiences to hope to encourage others to come forward and smash that stigma, to make it easier for them to talk about their own experiences - so I was just doing my bit".

The fifth in line admitted he sought counseling to help him deal with his own grief.

  • Joanne Flowers