Cynthia Germanotta may be the mother of one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, but during Mental Health Awareness Month, Lady Gaga’s mom joined Miami Dade College in shining the spotlight on one of the biggest challenges facing youth in America today. Germanotta, president and co-founder of the Born This Way Foundation, a charity that she established with her daughter, Lady Gaga, in 2012, joined a panel discussion with young adults from the Miami area to discuss how to effectively address mental health within families and across communities. MDC graduate and former student government leader Shadille Estepan moderated the conversation, which was broadcasted to thousands of online viewers via Facebook Live. “Mental health is an extremely important issue, not only here in Miami and the United States but in the world today, reaching epidemic proportions,” said Germanotta. “I’m very happy to have this opportunity to be here and shine a light on it.” The discussion gave MDC students and members of the local community an opportunity to learn the signs of common anxiety disorders, which affect an estimated 40 million people in the United States. Audience members also asked questions and shared personal experiences surrounding mental health. – AVG
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