Lady Gaga has launched a free online mental health course to help people learn to be there for themselves and others.
Leaders of the singer’s Born This Way Foundation have teamed up with the team at Canadian mental health charity Jack.org to launch the Be There Certificate, which is designed to increase mental health literacy and provide people with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to support those who may be struggling.
The online course, available in English, French and Spanish, will teach people how to recognize when someone needs help, how to support that person and how to connect them with professional assistance.
“I hear every day from young people around the world who need the validation, affirmation and support that the Be There Certificate offers,” Gaga told People about the genesis of the project. “Sharing this resource with each of these young people and the world means everything to me and I am sharing it as a way to remind myself and everyone else that we each have a part to play in being there for each other. others.
“It can seem daunting to start the conversation about mental health with someone else and offer support. With the Be There certificate, you learn how to be truly, kindly and safely there for someone. while maintaining your own mental well-being.”
The Poker Face hitmaker celebrated the launch on social media on Wednesday by sharing a video in which she lists the “five golden rules” for truly being there for someone in need.
“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,” a she declared.
Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta founded the foundation, which is committed to supporting and empowering young people, in 2012.