The 38-year-old Destiny's Child singer said last week she had "sought help from a great team of healthcare professionals." TMZ reported at the time that Michelle had earlier this month checked herself into a mental health facility to seek help for depression, which she has battled for years.
Three days after her announcement, the singer tweeted that she feels fans' love and was "better." On Monday, she celebrated her 38th birthday and a day later, she was photographed out and about with fiancé Chad Johnson.
"Thank you ALL sooooooooooooooo much for every message of love and support sent!" the singer wrote on Instagram on Saturday, alongside a photo of herself sitting on a straw chair while wearing a white outfit—her first social media pic since seeking treatment. "My family, friends and fiancé have been AWESOME! Sitting here reflecting on the past two weeks. I had no plans of what I was going through being public BUT now that it is I have a made an even BIGGER commitment to the mental health awareness area."
"So many people are suffering, hurting, hopeless, lost and don't see a way out but there is," she said. "Depression sucks, but my faith in God and my commitment to doing the work to stay well is my way out! You have to do the work even when you're tired and feel the heaviness. Take one step at a time! Don't overwhelm yourself. If you can just get up out the bed and brush your teeth and shower.....DO IT. For people dealing with depression, that is a HUGE step!"