RIGHT: NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 07: Missy Elliott performs at the 2018 Essence Music Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images) LEFT: NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Honoree Solange Knowles attends the 70th Annual Parsons Benefit on May 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for The New School) CENTER: LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Singer Michelle Williams arrive at the 23rd Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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Missy Elliott, Solange Knowles, And Others Post In Support Of Michelle Williams Seeking Treatment For Mental Health

An outpouring of support was received following gospel artist Michelle Williams’ (formerly of Destiny’s Child)’s somber announcement on Tuesday that she had undergone treatment for mental health issues.

A ton of her personal friends and family have come forward on social media showing their support for the gospel and R&B songstress.

Among them, Missy Elliott:

And Solange Knowles — sister of Beyoncé Knowles, Michelle’s long time friend and former bandmate — also reached out, writing:

“Love u so Michelle ! Really proud of you. Sending u all the love in the world.”

Tina Knowles Lawson, Beyoncé and Solange’s mother 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 for you . I love and support you with all my being. Sending you much love and encouragement … yes to your strength and bravery.”

Countless others have reached out from all corners of the internet.

Depression is such a beast that often goes unacknowledged and uncared about, especially, as one Twitter account pointed out, in the Black community.

And these messages of support, for anybody with depression, likely mean the world to that person. 

You don’t have to be Missy Elliott or Solange Knowles to reach out to someone in your life with depression and remind them you love them.

Knowles’ decision to go public did not come easily. 

“I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression,” she once said on The Talk (via PEOPLE).

“When I disclosed it to our manager [Beyoncé’s father, 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?  So I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m just tired,’” rhetoric which led to her depression getting worse.

Williams says she has struggled with depression since she was 13 years old and did not fully grasp what was happening to her until her mid-30s.

Let’s hear it for all of the people with mental illness who brave it every single day.

H/T: People, Instagram, Twitter


Written by Mike Walsh

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