Oprah Winfrey, back on O magazine cover, talks mental health with Gaga
Breonna Taylor is on the cover of September’s “O, The Oprah Magazine.” It’s the first cover in the publication’s history to not feature Oprah Winfrey.
How will we heal from COVID-19? Oprah Winfrey has some insight to share.
In the October issue of her magazine, “O, The Oprah Magazine,” Winfrey explores how to find joy while grieving and shines the spotlight on two mental health advocates: Lady Gaga and Richie Jackson.
Last month, Winfrey dedicated the September issue to Breonna Taylor, marking the first time in 20 years that Winfrey did not grace the cover of her monthly magazine.
“We’re not only longing for the normal that was – we’re grieving losses yet unaddressed and ignoring some of the most obvious. If we don’t find a way to consciously engage with our losses, when this pandemic is finally over, the soul of our country will still be locked down,” Winfrey said in a statement.
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The October issue’s 2020 visionary, Lady Gaga, reflected on her own mental health and journey to find happiness as she tries to “build a kinder, braver world.”
Oprah Winfrey is back on the cover of her monthly magazine, “O, The Oprah Magazine,” to shine the spotlight on mental health issues amid the pandemic. (Photo: Oprah Magazine)
“I always managed to believe in myself,” the Grammy-Award winning singer said. “There’s freedom in knowing deep down that I’m good enough and that shame is just a symptom of life’s great obstacles.”
She explained her biggest triumph is “using courage to help others,” a trait that is “within all of us.”
Winfrey also highlighted author and producer Richie Jackson in her “What I Know For Sure” column. In the piece, Jackson reflected on his pain following the death of his sister, his baby and a friend.
“One of the challenges of grieving is that no one wants to talk to you about it while you are going through it,” Jackson said. “Listen when someone wants to reminisce about their deceased; sit with them in sadness.”
So how do we cope after the pandemic?
Oprah writes, “We need a revelation to reckon with what has happened and is still happening. We’re in denial, with too many of us unwilling to see that ‘we’re in this together’ is not just a catchphrase. It’s reality.”
In the column, Jackson suggest: “Bereavement counselors, like contact tracers, must be spread out all over the country in places to help all of us process and heal. If we don’t sufficiently deal with our sorrow, our national anthem will be a dirge.”
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