Fountain House is thrilled to be partnering with Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) during Lady Gaga’s seven-show run at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Through April 7, members and staff from Fountain House will be working with representatives of BTWF to raise awareness about mental health issues and Fountain House’s innovative approach to recovery. While Born This Way Foundation will not offer counseling on site, Fountain House volunteers will direct youth to local mental health resources.
Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded to foster a more accepting society. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community where individuality is celebrated by connecting youth with the skills, resources, and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world.
BTWF’s ethos dovetails nicely with Fountain House’s approach to mental health recovery through community and opportunity.
Fountain House President Kenn Dudek remarked, “Born This Way Foundation has given us a great opening to reach a young audience. Mental health problems typically manifest during adolescence, often leaving the affected young people vulnerable and isolated. Stigma is pervasive, so it’s important for them to realize that there is hope. We admire Lady Gaga for inspiring bravery by being candid about her own struggles.”
It’s serious work, but it’s been a lot of fun, too! Volunteer Nicholas B. worked the concert on Sunday, March 30. He reports, “We had a lot of really great conversations about Fountain House and mental health. Everyone at the show was so open to talking about their own personal experiences. I hope everyone we spoke to speaks to just one more person about it. Slowly but surely, we’ll break the silence and stigma that still surrounds the issue of mental illness.”
Communications Director, Fountain House