Michelle Williams is opening up about her struggle to remain a survivor.
The former Destiny’s Child singer has been vocal about battling mental illness in the past, and in an Instagram post on Tuesday, she shared an update on her progress.
“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,” Williams wrote in her post.
“I have recently listened to the same advice I have given to thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of healthcare professionals,” she added.
On Tuesday, TMZ reported that Williams had checked herself into a mental health facility to seek support for her depression.
Williams has not shied away from speaking about her struggles in the past. In an October 2017 appearance on “The Talk,” the artist said she was in her 30s before realizing she had been suffering from depression since she was 13.
“It got really bad,” Williams said on the show about her depression, which she experienced while still in Destiny’s Child. “I was suicidal. I was to that place where it got so dark and heavy.”
After posting her statement on Instagram, Williams received an outpouring of support, including messages from some famous friends, including rapper Missy Elliott.
I want to lift our sis up in prayer because there are so many people battling this & many trying to deal with it alone?Please No jokes this is REAL & as human beings let’s keep the ones who are openly dealing with it uplifted & be encouraging to them! Love u @RealMichelleW❤️ https://t.co/XJEIPkbovf
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) July 17, 2018
Williams’ announcement came on the same day that another celebrity was speaking out against the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of late rocker Kurt Cobain and singer Courtney Love, spoke to Reuters on Tuesday about the ways that mental illness is stigmatized in the United States.
“There is an association that is shameful and it shouldn’t be,” Cobain said.
“It’s taboo,” Cobain continued, “despite the fact that it is present in our society every single day. And I think that in Europe it is a little less taboo. I think in America it is very, very frowned upon.”
Cobain’s father committed suicide in 1994, when she was only a year old.
As for the rest of Williams’ social media message, she noted that she refuses to compromise on what she believes in.
“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 wrote.
“If you change your mind, you can change your life,” Williams concluded.