“For me, with my mental health issues, half of the battle in the beginning was, I felt like I was lying to the world because I was feeling so much pain but nobody knew,” she said in an interview with Vogue. “So that’s why I came out and said that I have PTSD, because I don’t want to hide—any more than I already have to.”

She and Dr. Ghebreyesus wrote that no one should have to hide from these issues.

“We can no longer afford to be silenced by stigma or stymied by misguided ideas that portray these conditions as a matter of weakness or moral failing,” the article reads. “The time has come for us all, collectively, to tackle the causes and symptoms of mental illness, and provide care for those who suffer from it. You don’t have to be an international artist or the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) to make an impact.”

According to the authors, the time is now to change the perceptions surrounding mental health issues and to better the way we care for those dealing with them in the process. And we can all do that in our own way, through “individual acts of bravery and compassion,” they wrote, continuing:

“The two of us have taken different paths in life. But both of us have seen how political leadership, funding, innovation and individual acts of bravery and compassion can change the world. It is time to do the same for mental health.”

It’s a powerful, poignant call to action, indeed. You can learn more about mental health issues at the Born This Way website, and get 24/7 support at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.