In recent years, Michelle Williams has not only spoken candidly about her own experiences with mental illness, but she's also encouraged others to seek professional help for their issues. And in an Instagram post this week, the former Destiny's Child member shared that she recently took her own advice and reached out for help in order to better her mental well-being.
"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 wrote in Tuesday's post.
Williams 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."
Tina Lawson, who is the mother of her Destiny's Child bandmate Beyoncé, commented, "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." In a follow-up comment, Lawson added, "I so love and admire your amazing courage."
Beyoncé's sister Solange also chimed in, writing, "Love u so Michelle ! Really proud of you. Sending u all the love in the world [sic]."
Missy Elliott commented, "Sending up Prayers for u. 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 you a peace of mind/Strength/& Happiness we love u sis [sic]." Octavia Spencer also showed Williams support, adding, "Yesssss. Sending prayers of strength your way."
Williams spoke previously about her experience with severe depression and suicidal thoughts, as SELF wrote in October.
Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for people to delay seeking help for symptoms of mental illness, due to both the stigma that comes with getting help and the very real barriers to quality care.
"So many people are walking around, acting like they've got it all together, and they're suffering. So for years I just thought it was growing pains. I just thought, 'I'm turning into a woman,'" Williams said, sharing that it took her decades to finally seek professional help. "And so I want to normalize this mental health discussion."