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Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation Launches Free Online Mental Health Course

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation has teamed up with Canadian mental health charity Jack.org to launch a free online mental health tool that can help us all help each other.

It’s called the “Be There Certificate” and it takes you through five “golden rules” to recognise when someone is struggling, show that you care and are listening to them, open up dialogue with them and connect them to a professional if required.

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The module features real life stories, is interactive (yes – you get to pretend message a struggling friend so you can be prepared when you need to do this in real life!) and self-paced but if you do it all in one sitting, it’ll take no more than two hours of your day.

“Through the Be There Certificate, we have an opportunity to connect young people with free accessible mental health resources and the tools to support themselves and each other,” Cynthia Germanotta, President of Born This Way Foundation said in a statement. FYI, she’s also Lady Gaga’s mama!

“The Be There Certificate provides an amazing opportunity to encourage comprehensive, inclusive and kind mental health support and it is even more critical now, as the United States Surgeon General recently warned that young people are facing a mental health crisis.”

A major part of the certificate is also understanding our own boundaries when it comes to helping others – there are times when we may not be in a position to help but the Certificate helps us find ways to still be there for our friends through open dialogue or making plans.

You can check out the course at BeThereCertificate.org

(Feature Image Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

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