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Michelle Williams Opens Up About Mental Health and How It was Ignored
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At the Liberty University convocation in Lynchburg, Virginia, gospel singer Michelle Williams led worship songs and participated in a roundtable discussion where she expressed the struggles she has had with mental health, since the age of 15.
As the height of her career began at the age of 20, when she joined Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Roland in Destiny’s Child, Williams explains that as a member of such a successful music group people could not seem to believe that she was struggling with her mental health. She also attempted to get help from management but she was overlooked.
Michelle stated, "People think that money equates to happiness," but she explained, "Sometimes money and success can only magnify that troubled soul, that wounded soul."
Michelle says with all she’s been through, she never lost her faith in God and remembers studying her Bible with the music group during exhausting touring schedules.
In the recent years, since her departure from Destiny’s Child, Williams has been sharing her testimony about overcoming her struggles with depression and mental health issues. She says it was with the help of a mental health professional and prayer. Now she openly offers advice to people going through similar issues.
Williams ended by saying "If the thoughts that enter your mind don't bring peace, happiness [or] joy think on those things that are from above. If they're not [going] to take you above, that's not of God," "So you need to shake yourself and say 'boo get out of your feelings, because it's you. That ain't God.'"