Let me start this off by saying, “Thank you, Michelle Williams.”
On the heels of a dark period, a time when more celebrities are losing the battle against depression at an accelerated rate, it sure feels good to hear about a win.
Michelle Williams is winning.
We gloss over it as a society, but it needs to be reiterated once more: depression is a constant battle to see the light.
As many suffer in silence, the 37-year-old bravely announced that she had taken the steps to seek help.
“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 an Instagram post.
“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,” the post continued.
According to People magazine, during an appearance on “The Talk,” Williams said her depression deepened during her days as a member of Destiny’s Child.
“I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression,” she said. “When I disclosed it to our manager [Mathew Knowles] 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?’”
Beyonce’s mother “Mama Tina” was one of many supporters who let Williams know they were rooting for her in the comments of her post: “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 will all need,” part of the comment read. “Keep being a warrior and an advocate for you.”
As active participants in the fight against depression, we can’t thank her enough for her strength and transparency.
If you need someone to talk to, reach out to a loved one immediately or contact the National Alliance on Mental Health Helpline.
Image via Michelle Williams’ Instagram