Lady Gaga is taking serious measures to shed light on mental illness when it comes to teens!

She and her mother began their foundation, the Born This Way Foundation, in 2011 and earlier this week announced she has now teamed up with the National Council for Behavioral Health:

“With teen Mental Health First Aid, we like to say, it’s okay to not be okay,” Gaga said onstage. “Sometimes when life gives you a million reasons to not want to stay, you need just one person that looks at you, listens to you, helps you get help and validates how you feel. Together, Born This Way and the National Council have put this program in eight schools and soon it will be in 20 more. I know for certain that I’m not stopping here. I want the teen Mental Health First Aid program in every school in this country.”

Mental health is a serious issue -- one that most of us don't like to speak about. If you are struggling, know you are not alone and there are many different resources for you. Even local Yakima Valley ones that you can find more info on right here.

You never know how your kindness can affect someone. There is SO much power in a smile given and received!

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