There are so many things you can learn at a Lady Gaga show: how to expertly curl your hair with Budweiser beer cans, the proper uses of caution tape as bikini material, just how many other people out there enjoy wearing their mom’s retro lingerie in public and what musical instruments would look like if they were designed by aliens with a rubber fetish.
Up until now, though, the one thing you could not officially get was some one-on-one time with a therapist to talk about what’s really on your mind. Well, at least not officially. But that will change on Gaga’s upcoming 2013 Born This Way Ball dates, when the singer will offer her fans mental health assistance on a traveling therapy center called the BornBrave Bus.
Gaga announced over the weekend that the bus will be parked outside venues before her upcoming tour dates and take the stigma out of getting help. “For those wondering about the ‘counseling’ at the BTWBall BornBrave pre-show, it will be a fun tailgating experience for monsters to unite,” she wrote on Twitter. “At the BornBrave Bus you have access to professional private or group chats about mental health, depression, bullying, school & friends … #BornBraveBus there will also be food and games, @djws and @ladystarlightny will DJ with host @BREEDLOVENYC to keep the experience fun.”
She also posted a picture of the bus, which is covered with cartoon images of her, flowers, hearts, peace signs and the words “kindness” and “bravery.” Gaga promised that the bus will be a place to get mental health assistance with no judgment because, she said, “I feel like most kids don’t look for help because they fell embarrassed so mom + I wanted to break the stigmas around ‘help’ and make it fun.”
The Born This Way Ball tour kicks off on January 11 in Vancouver. The bus is the latest addition to the range of services offered by Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, which was launched in February by the singer and mother Cynthia Germanotta to help teens with abandonment and bullying issues.