Michelle Williams from Destiny's Child Opens up About Seeking Mental Health Treatment

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From Cosmopolitan

A few days ago, Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams reportedly checked herself into a mental health facility to seek help for depression, which she previously said she's struggled with since being a teenager.

As Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle took over the pop and R&B charts as Destiny's Child in the early 2000s, Michelle was struggling with her mental health and depression, only she didn't know what to call it at the time.

In October 2017, Michelle said while she was in Destiny's Child, she thought she was just tired because, as she recalled, her then manager, Matthew Knowles, said, "Y'all just signed a multimillion-dollar deal, you’re about to go on tour. What do you have to be depressed about?"

She previously told The Talk TV show hosts, "I've been suffering since the age of between 13 and 15. At that age, I didn’t know what to call it."

Yesterday, several days after she reportedly sought help from healthcare professionals, Michelle opened up to her fans about her health.

"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."

Now Michelle, who is working as a solo artist and has had a hugely successful career, is a proud mental health advocate and is vocal about her struggle with depression.

After Michelle tweeted, Beyoncé's sister, Solange Knowles, and mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, showed their support.

In a comment, Tina wrote:

"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. I love and support you with all my being."

As someone who didn't always understand what she was going through, Michelle previously said, "I want to normalize this mental health discussion," which she's definitely doing.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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