‘We’re Taught, ‘Just Go To Church And Pray About It’: Michelle Williams Sheds Light On Her Struggle With Depression

January 17, 2013  |  

Source: WENN

Mental health and depression can be such taboo topics in the Black community as well as in our society in general. No one wants to be labeled as “unstable” or “crazy”, which is why so many suffer in silence. Anytime a person can speak out about their personal struggles with these issues, it illustrates great strength. The latest heroine in the fight against depression has been singer, actress and one-third of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams. The 32-year-old shocked many when she opened up to Mark Kennedy of The AP and revealed that she has struggled on and off with depression since she was fifteen or sixteen years old.

“I’ve dealt with depression. I had to choose to get out of bed and do whatever I needed to do to be happy.”

She shared that she was able to avoid needing medication, but advises anyone who is struggling with this issue to seek professional help:

“We’re taught, ‘Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you.’ Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists — that’s your healing. Take advantage of it. Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It’s OK if you’re going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help.”

It seems that the singer isn’t allowing anything to slow her down, though. She is currently gearing up to release another solo album as well as to assume a starring role in Broadway musical “Fela!”, not to mention the highly anticipated, upcoming Superbowl performance with Destiny’s Child.

It’s great that Michelle has found the strength to speak openly about her battle with depression. Hopefully her transparency can serve as an inspiration to others. You just never know what a person is going through.

What do you think of Michelle openly discussing her experiences with depression?

Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise


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  • Negress

    And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.. Luke 18:1

    I just hate when church folk tell people not to take their meds. Let them go home with them for a week without their medicine. I want to know how it’ll take before they have to call 911 when they manifest.

  • Sagittarius81

    I have bipolar and suffered from depression as well, especially when my first husband died 6 years ago in a car accident while I was 6 months pregnant with our daughter. I sought help, I started exercising, reading books and learned how to be grateful for what I have like a roof over my head, food in the fridge, a great support system from friends and family, especially my new husband who I married 2 weeks ago, a job, and last but not least my beautiful daughter. I first suffered depression when I was in the 8th grade and was considered crazy by my peers because I didn’t know how to make friends, was quiet and kept to myself. I was diagnosed with bipolar at 16 when my mom took me to the doctor after I threaten to kill myself so I can be with my father (who died when I was 13). I never prayed for depression to go away with a snap of a finger, my mom and I did something about it. I still take my meds everyday because I have to do it not only for me, for my daughter too to make sure she’s happy and healthy.

    • Miss D

      Thank you for sharing your story. I have a sister who currently suffers from bi-polar, depression, and anxiety. It isn’t easy for her or our family, but it helps to know that there are others going through the same thing. Best wishes to you and your family.

      • Sagittarius81

        Thank you and god bless.

  • applejax85

    I do AND DON’T. The problem with old school church folk is that believe that they should pray and then do NOTHING. That God will always just make everything go away. That’s not always Biblical. Faith requires you to DO something ALONG with prayer. Pray about your situation and ask God to show you WHO to go to for counseling. That’s why the Bible says FAITH without WORKS is DEAD. You can pray for a piece of chicken to materialze in front of your eyes OR you can ask God to give you favor for a job you APPLIED to and BUY the chicken. That’s God providing for you through prayer and you walking in FAITH by APPLYING. This is why non-Christian people think the church is crazy, because we come across that way a lot of the time. Old school churchies boy. Thank the Lord for the new school.

  • littleoleme

    I love this. God bless her for being so candid. People from all walks of life, be it grammy award winners or regular everyday folks are suffering and simply seeking help from those trained to do so can make a world of a difference.

  • Meyaka

    Mental illness is real and cannot be “prayed” away. I am glad Michelle sought the help she needed.