Lady Gaga's Mom Cynthia Germanotta Named Goodwill Ambassador for the UN's World Health Organization

Cynthia Germanotta and Lady Gaga
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Cynthia Germanotta and Lady Gaga attend The National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 8, 2019 in New York City. 

The United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday (May 20) its four new Goodwill Ambassadors, one of which is Lady Gaga's mom, Cynthia Germanotta as the ambassador for mental health. The role aims to promote healthier lives, improved workforces and overall better mental health across the globe.  

Gemanotta took to Twitter to reflect on her new role. "I’m honored to serve as @WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Mental Health and to work alongside @DrTedros + his extraordinary team to ensure mental #healthforall is a global priority," she wrote. "We face many challenges but there are even more reasons for hope. It’s #TimeToAct, together."

"I’m so proud of @momgerm for being asked to serve as Goodwill Ambassador for @WHO," Gaga mirrored in her own tweet. "The goal of @btwfoundation is to bring awareness to mental health and empower everyone to create a kinder and braver world, and this is a huge part of that."   

Back in September, Germanotta spoke at the UN General Assembly on behalf of the Born This Way Foundation to discuss mental health and launch the United for Global Mental Health initiative, which according to its Twitter page, makes mental health a priority and hopes for "a world where everyone, everywhere, can turn to someone who is able to support their mental health when needed."

Alisson Becker of the Brazilian national and Liverpool soccer teams and medical doctor Dr. Natalia Loewe Becker were announced as ambassdors for health promotion, and former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, will serve as the ambassador for health workforce.