Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child has recently checked into a mental health facility to seek help for depression.
According to TMZ, Williams is currently being treated in a facility outside Los Angeles and has been there for the past several days. In a recent interview last year, the singer opened up with her past struggle, revealing her battle with depression.
On Tuesday the 37 year old released a statement: “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 well-being.”
She continued, “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.”
Leading By Example
She continues, “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.”
In April, Williams reunited with other Destiny’s Child members Beyonce and Kelly Rowland at Coachella Music Festival, the first time the group performed together in years.
In October of last year, the Williams was interviewed on The Talk, where she disclosed feelings of sadness she felt at the peak of her career. During her interview, the Michelle questioned how she could be in “one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression.” Williams says at it’s peak, she contemplated suicide. She said it grew “to the point where I was suicidal … and wanted out [of Destiny’s Child].”
“What Do You Have To Be Depressed About?”
As she reached out for help a couple of days ago, the entertainer sought help and reached out to Matthew Knowles, who was her manager during her time in the band. She noted, “When I disclosed it to our manager 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?'”
On her interview with The Talk, the singer went on. “I think at the age of 25, had I had a name to what I was feeling at the time, I would have disclosed that ‘I’ve been suffering from depression,’” Williams said on the talk show. “I didn’t know until I was in my 30’s what was going on. … I’ve been suffering since the age of between 13 and 15. … I didn’t know what to call it.”
Tina Knowles, famous Mother of Beyonce commended the singer for her courage in a comment on William’s post. “Michelle My Belle, I ‘m so 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.”
Today, Williams encourages others to take charge of their mental health, saying in her statement, “If you change your mind, you can change your life.”
More About Depression
Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. Like Kelly notes, it’s more than just a feeling of being “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. If you are one of the more than 20 million people in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life. There are a variety of causes including genetic, environmental, psychological, and biochemical factors.
Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience only a few symptoms. Some people have many. However, depression, even the most severe cases, can be treated. The earlier treatment begins, the more effective it is. Most adults see an improvement in their symptoms when treated with antidepressant drugs, talk therapy (psychotherapy), or a combination of both.
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