This week, Michelle Williams, former member of the group Destiny’s Child; reminded us of the importance of being in tune with our own mental health. Williams told fans in an Instagram post that she was taking some of her own advice by seeking “help from a great team of healthcare professionals”.
While she has not provided the details of her treatment, Williams says she has struggled with depression since she was a teenager. She talks about periods of the illness reoccurring during college and also during her time performing with the trio. In an interview with the co-hosts of “The Talk”, Williams reveals that she was even once suicidal. She tells the co-hosts that it wasn’t until she was in her thirties that she had a name for what she was feeling. She admits to feeling ungrateful because, while she was at one of the highest points in her life, she still felt “sad”.
The singer has been a long-time advocate of mental healthcare, seeking to increase awareness of it’s various forms and being supportive of individuals seeking help as needed. Williams states that she wants to “normalize” the conversations surrounding mental health, a topic that is often dismissed by those who do not understand its effect. And, her transparency is being well received; as celebrities such as Missy Elliott, Solange Knowles (also open about her battles with ADHD and Autonomic Nerve Disorder) and Tina Knowles Lawson respond with prayers and well wishes while she works on herself. Add us to that list of those sending Michelle love, peace and understanding.
According to the World Health Organization, “one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.”
If you or someone you know exhibits signs of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.