In an Instagram post, the 37-year-old singer and mental health advocate told her fans on Tuesday that she followed her own advice and turned to a team of healthcare professionals.
“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 the caption.
“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,” Williams 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,” she added. “If you change your mind, you can change your life.”
The singer received support and encouragement from those closest to her, including Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles Lawson who commented on her post.
“Michelle My Bell, 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,” Knowles Lawson wrote.
“Keep being a warrior and an advocate for you. I love and support you with all my being,” she added. “I so love and admire you amazing courage.”
Williams’ fiancé, pastor Chad Johnson, also left a heartwarming message in the comments.
“I’m so proud of your courage and commitment to this!!” He wrote. “WE are in it together and on an AMAZING journey of watching THE master artist paint a priceless work of art!”
The couple has been engaged since March this year.
In October, Williams opened up about suffering from suicidal thoughts while in Destiny’s Child.
“I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression,” she said on The Talk. “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?’” she recalled Beyoncé’s dad telling her at the time.
“So I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m just tired,’” she continued. However, Williams’ depression only continued to get worse “to the point where I was suicidal … and wanted out” from the group.
The star says she has struggled with depression since she was 13 years old, and it wasn’t until she was in her 30s that she realised what she was suffering from.
“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,’” she said.
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