Watch Prince William, Lady Gaga FaceTime about the importance of mental health

Candice Alexander
April 21, 2017

There's a lot of shame attached to mental illness.

The two-part series, Mind Over Marathon, starts on BBC One at 21:00 BST on Thursday 20 April, as part of a Minds Matter series of programming about mental health issues.

William's confession comes just days after his younger brother Prince Harry revealed that he spent almost 20 years not processing his mother's death. The two agreed to do more to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

In response, Prince William says, "It's really important to have this conversation".

In an open letter published previous year on the website of her Born This Way Foundation, Lady Gaga revealed that she was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"Even though it was hard, it was the best thing that could come out of my mental illness".

"Prince William added that "'to feel normal about mental health - it's the same as physical health" and that good conversations can "really make such a difference'".

"For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is something that's very hard to describe".

"I wanted to ask you how you found speaking out and how it made you feel?"

"But you can't help it if in the morning when you wake up, you are so exhausted, you are so sad and you are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can barely think", she continued. You won't be judged.

Harry was asked whether he was in a good place as a result of dating USA actress Meghan Markle but he replied: "The point that we've learnt over this campaign is that if you're able and comfortable enough to be able to talk about certain issues, certain experiences, then you come out of it a far better person".

Although Lady Gaga has won three Brit Awards, six Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe gong for her role in American Horror Story: Hotel, her mental illness left her feeling sad and full of anxiety because she could not appreciate the "wonderful things" she owned or the successes she had achieved.

"You're not alone", Gaga says at the end of the video. "It's so important to break open that fear and that taboo, that is only going to lead to more problems down the line".

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