'If you change your mind, you can change your life.'
Destiny’s Child singer Michele Williams has always been incredibly open about her long battle with depression, which many have found comfort and support in on their own journeys. In a powerful statement that smashes through stigma, Michele revealed that she had ‘proudly, happily and healthily’ sought treatment for her depression from mental health professionals.
The star has reportedly been receiving treatment at a mental health facility and she said in a meaningful Instagram post, ‘For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognise when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing.’
Michele has previously spoken candidly about her mental health, revealing on The Talk that she had suffered from the condition since she was a young teenager and only put a name to it when she was in her 30s. At her lowest point, she implied she had struggled with suicidal thoughts and ‘wanted out’ after going to a ‘dark and heavy’ place.
Michele continued, ‘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. 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. If you change your mind, you can change your life.’
Fans have since responded to her statement with an outpouring of love and support, with many sending prayers and thanking her for her honesty. One user who claims to be a mental health physician praised her for ‘#breakingthestigma’ around seeking treatment.
The Destiny’s Child singer has advocated in the past for those struggling with mental health to seek professional help, in spite of any judgment or thoughts to the contrary.
Michele told The Associated Press in 2013, ‘We’re taught, ‘Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you. Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists ― that’s your healing. Take advantage of it. Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It’s okay if you’re going through something. Depression is not okay, but it is okay to go get help.’
For those struggling with mental health issues, the Samaritans provide 24/7 support on their hotline 116 123 and can also be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.