Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams is seeking mental health help, and she's proud to say that. The 37-year-old musician hasn't kept her mental health struggles a secret; in the past, she admitted to feelings of depression and suicidal thoughts. But as an advocate for mental health awareness, she believes she needs to enforce the beliefs she gives to others, and that's why she is seeking treatment. In a heartfelt social media address, Michelle Williams spoke openly about the journey she is set to embark on, and she admits that she is "proudly, happily and healthily" choosing to do so today.
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. 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.
As she explained in the Instagram post, Michelle Williams has decided herself to "increasing awareness" of mental health and "empowering people" to discover and recognize when it is time to seek help -- as well as support and guidance -- from support systems. Sure enough, Williams is taking this very opportunity to listen to the same advice that she has given to thousands of people around the world. The singer will now be seeking help from a professional team of healthcare professionals, and she hopes this is only the beginning of her healthy journey.
In some parting words, Michelle Williams offered some leaving words for people like her who also wish to seek mental health resources.
If you change your mind, you can change your life.
Since announcing her mental health treatment, Michelle Williams has seen support and guidance from other musicians. For example, Missy Elliott had some comforting words to give her
Additionally, former Destiny's Child member LaTavia Robertson also provided Michelle Williams with some comforting words of support on Twitter.
In an earlier interview from October 2017 on US TV (via BBC), Michelle Williams elaborated on her mental health and explained to fans that fame and success isn't the key to happiness.
For years, I'm in one of the top-selling female groups of all time suffering with depression. It got really, really bad, to the point of being suicidal. I was at that place where it got so dark and heavy because sometimes you feel like 'I'm the provider, I take care of people, I'm not supposed to be feeling this way -- what do I do?' I wanted out.