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Lady Gaga will offer mental-health counseling before concerts

December 31, 2012|By Christie D'Zurilla
  • Lady Gaga is adding counseling services through the pre-concert "BornBrave Bus" on the final leg of her "Born This Way" Ball tour.
Lady Gaga is adding counseling services through the pre-concert "BornBrave… (Evan Agostini / Associated…)

Tailgating and mental health don't necessarily go together — unless you're living in Lady Gaga's world.

On the coming leg of her Born This Way Ball tour, the singer will offer free counseling during the BornBrave pre-show, courtesy of the Born Brave Bus.

"[I]t will be a fun tailgating experience for monsters to unite," Gaga said on her Facebook page.

"At the BornBrave Bus you have access to professional private or group chats about mental health, depression, bullying, school & friends. There will also be food and games, DJ White Shadow and Lady Starlight will DJ with host BREEDLOVE to keep the experience fun," she continued.

"BornBrave Bus Is a place where mental health + depression are taken seriously w/ no judgement, FREE real help available to all. I feel like most kids don't look for help because they feel embarrassed so mom + I wanted to break the stigmas around 'help' and make it fun."

"Mom" would be Cynthia Germanotta, Gaga's mama and her cohort in the Born This Way Foundation, an organization started in 2011 "to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated." The group focuses on working toward safety, skills and opportunities for young people. 

The tour starts up in Vancouver, Canada, on Jan. 11 and hits cities through the U.S. and Canada before wrapping  up in Tulsa, Okla., on March 20. Gaga hits L.A. on Jan. 20 and 21.

"I'm counting down the days till the Ball starts up again," she wrote on Facebook. "ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT OF TOURING, what will I do!!!!?? I love seeing you every night!"

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