Destiny’s Child Singer Michelle Williams Details Seeking Mental Health Treatment

By Bryan Le 07/23/18

Williams revealed that she had sought help on Instagram and pledged to "proudly, happily and healthily" lead by example as an advocate for mental health.

Michelle Williams

After releasing a statement on social media about her own mental health journey and her pledge to help others in her situation, Williams received a massive show of support.

Michelle Williams, former member of the popular girl group Destiny’s Child, released a statement on Instagram about her struggle with mental health last Tuesday after which she received a showing of support from fans, friends, family and famous peers.

“For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing,” she posted on Instagram. “I recently listened to the same advice I have given to thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of healthcare professionals.”

She also pledged to help others who may find themselves in the same situation as she did.

“Today I proudly, happily and healthily stand here as someone who will continue to always lead by example as I tirelessly advocate for the betterment of those in need,” Williams wrote. “If you change your mind, you can change your life.”

Her loved ones cheered her on in their responses in the comments section.

“Michelle My Belle, I'm soo proud of you! You have given unselfishly of your time and support to so many and i know that you will be the best example of self-care which we all need. Keep being a warrior and an advocate for you. I love and support you with all my being,” wrote Tina Knowles-Lawson, mother to fellow Destiny’s Child alumni Beyoncé. “Sending you much love and encouragement… yes to your strength and bravery.”

Lawson was not the only member of Beyoncé’s family to reach out. Solange Knowles was sure to add her own response.

“Love u so Michelle! Really proud of you. Sending u all the love in the world,” Knowles wrote.

Musical peer and collaborator Missy Elliott sent her well wishes, too.

“Sending up Prayers for u,” commented Missy Elliott on the post. “You know we serve a Mighty God & just know that you are covered and your test will be a testimony… I’m inspired by your courage... May God give u a peace of mind/ Strength/& Happiness… we love u sis.”

Williams admitted she struggled with depression in a 2017 interview, saying she had struggled with mental health since she was 13.

“I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression,” she revealed on The Talk. “When I disclosed it to our manager [Mathew Knowles] at the time, bless his heart, he was like, ‘You all just signed a multi-million dollar deal. You’re about to go on tour. What do you have to be depressed about?’”

She relented on the words of her manager, but eventually found herself in a dark place, contemplating suicide. But in speaking publicly about her struggles, she hopes to “normalize” the discussion of mental health and reduce the stigma of seeking treatment for it.

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