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Prince William and Lady Gaga Talk Mental Health Over FaceTime

Prince William and Lady Gaga Talk Mental Health Over FaceTime

"It's the same as physical health".

Their chat stressed the importance of talking openly about mental illness, a critical way to help counter stigma: Research shows that stigma is a barrier to people who might otherwise seek help. We shouldn't be ashamed of it. It's really important to have this conversation... "You feel like something it's wrong with you", Lady Gaga said from her kitchen in Los Angeles.

It was the latest stage in a campaign by the royals to raise the profile of mental health. The films feature people such as model Adwoa Aboa, Stephen Fry, and footballer Rio Ferdinand.

"Over the past year we have visited a number of schools together where we have been amazed listening to children talk about some quite hard subjects in a really clear and emotionally articulate way - something most adults would struggle with", he said.

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Shortly after his brother, Prince Harry, spoke out about seeking therapy following the 1997 loss of their mother, Princess Diana, William got candid in a new BBC documentary about how the loss still affects him.

The prince reportedly asked Lady Gaga to get involved with the campaign after she penned an open letter past year, which detailed her experience with PTSD after being raped.

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.

"I read your open letter the other day and I thought it was incredibly moving and very fearless of you to write down such personal feelings", William said.

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William, too, has a history of engaging in activism to promote a better culture and conversation around mental illness.

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

"It's OK to have this conversation", Prince William said about mental health. "You won't be judged". The singer replied: "It can make a huge difference". He added, "The appetite has always been there, but I think we've all been quite surprised how many people out there have been wanting to talk about their own issues". We are starting to talk.

"I'm a very big fan of what you've done with Heads Together and #oktosay..."

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