‘I wanted out’: Michelle Williams bares all in latest Insta post

Mental health is a topic that's – thankfully – being slowly but surely unstigmatised in society and the media.  

With more people speaking out about their experiences, it is making it easier for us regular folk to ask for help when we know something's wrong.

Former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams is one of those trailblazing celebrities.


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Taking to Instagram, the 37-year-old shared a post detailing her struggle with depression.

She wrote, ''for years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognise when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing.''

She continued, “I recently listened to the same advice I have given 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.”

Her fans applauded her for sharing with one writing, ''sending you love and light! Thank you for sharing. love love and appreciate you'' while another said, ''take care of you. We will always be here for you.''

Friends of Michelle's quickly responded with messages of love and support for her, with Missy Elliot tweeting out, ''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!''

Michelle has previously spoken out about feeling suicidal during her time with the girl band.

While guest-hosting American chat show The Talk, she revealed that she was depressed from her teens to her 30's.

“I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression,” Michelle said. ''It got really really bad… to the point of I was suicidal […].''

“I was at that place where it got so dark and heavy because sometimes you feel like, ‘I’m not supposed to be feeling this way – what do I do?’ I wanted out.”

Well done to Micelle for highlighting that, pop star or not, no one is immune from mental heath issues. 

So if you feel like your mental health is suffering, then do talk to someone – visit www.aware.ie or free phone 1800 80 48 48.