Why Lady Gaga and her mom want you to take this 'mental health first aid' class
Cynthia Germanotta, known to most of the world as Lady Gaga’s mom, is sitting in the lobby of a glitzy Sacramento Sheraton hotel. A few hours from now, her daughter will play a sold-out show a mile from here as part of her Joanne world tour.
But right now, Germanotta — who’s dressed impeccably in a smart blazer, black skirt, and gold hoop earrings — just wants to talk about something called Mental Health First Aid.
The eight-hour training, often described as “CPR for the mind,” helps people identify signs of mental illness and addiction in order to offer appropriate support and resources. When Germanotta took the class, she walked away feeling confident she could better spot the symptoms of psychological distress or crisis and shared the experience with her daughter. Together they decided they wanted to provide the same skills and information to as many people as possible. Read more…