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Lady Gaga to promote mental health awareness, resiliency for youth

December 20, 2012
by Dennis Grantham, Editor-in-Chief
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National Council partners with Lady Gaga's ‘Born Brave’ national bus tour to promote mental health awareness, resiliency

The National Council for Behavioral Health has partnered with Lady Gaga’s 'Born This Way' Foundation to promote mental health awareness and resilience among young people. National Council member organizations will provide onsite ‘bravery tips’ and mental health resources as part of a 27-city 'Born Brave' bus tour, which will be held in conjunction with Lady Gaga’s concert tour.

On the afternoon of each concert, all Gaga fans and any interested young people will be invited to gather together to share stories of bravery and empowerment. The National Council has partnered with the National Association of School Psychologists to offer interactive activities and resources at each of the 27 stops to help these young people understand that mental health problems are common and treatable and that seeking help for themselves or their friends is an act of bravery.

Mental health professionals staffing the tour events will reinforce the message that young people can play an active role in caring for their own mental health and for that of their families and classmates. Key messages of the Born Brave bus tour are:

•     Be brave: Know your strengths

•     Act brave: Share your strengths

•     Stay brave: Build your strengths

Youth in need of intervention will be connected to local resources. For more information and resources, visit www.braverytips.org

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