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:
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
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.
I am in love to Solange Knowles and I wish her all the best with Michelle Williams in her pursuit to helping those who also have the same affliction as Putin has: anxiety separation from the motherland while in Finland.— Lars Hanon (@LarsHano) July 18, 2018
@RealMichelleW today you showed the world why your a class act! Depression is real especially in our community. This is why I believe in live out loud and in color. Keep shining Love ya sis ??? your not in this alone!!!!!— LaTavia Roberson (@IamLaTavia) July 17, 2018
Depression is such a beast that often goes unacknowledged and uncared about, especially, as one Twitter account pointed out, in the Black community.
Let’s uplift our sis Michelle Williams at this time.— Black Girl Culture (@blkgirlculture) July 18, 2018
Depression and mental health often go overlooked ESPECIALLY in the black community. This is real and she is not the only one. https://t.co/oWZ8tmOB1E
Black twitter will bully a celebrity to hell and back and then when they open up about suicide and depression it's "let's calm down. Mental health isn't taken seriously enough in the black community." Like stfu. Y'all did it to Bow Wow and Michelle Williams— Lorraine ? (@Lo_Da_Runner) July 18, 2018
I am proud Michelle Williams is seeking help for her mental illness. Depression can take a toll on you mentally & physically.— Stream Nasty One & Give Missy her Vanguard award (@RoyaltyWatch) July 17, 2018
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.
Depression is real! I applaud Michelle Williams for seeking help she’s stronger than most! But taking the first step is necessary.— Brandon J. Smith (@BJVSmith) July 18, 2018
It is good that the sister Michelle Williams took it upon herself to seek help for her depression. For many people access to professional, holistic or even good support is not around. Religion & spirituality as most people know it, assumed will power, escapism, etc don't work.— Moorish Brooklyn ॐ (@MoorishBrooklyn) July 18, 2018
Shoutout to Michelle Williams for prioritizing her mental health and seeking the help she needs with her struggle with depression.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) July 18, 2018
Let her self-awareness inspire others with similar struggles to do the same.
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.
Praying for Michelle Williams.. depression ain’t no joke, man.— poundcake. (@cardiii_e) July 18, 2018
Let’s hear it for all of the people with mental illness who brave it every single day.