Michelle Williams partners with LL Cool J to advocate for mental health

Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child has consistently addressed her mental health struggles, and now she is partnering with LL Cool J to bring more attention to mental health awareness.

The Grammy winner is working with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame rapper’s Rock The Bells organization and Salesforce.org on a new campaign designed to achieve the United Nations’ development goal of good health and well-being.

Williams has been an advocate for mental health awareness since 2013.

“I’ve got close friends that say, ‘Girl, you’ve inspired me to go process things.’ So, I know I’m in my calling,” the 42-year-old singer tells AfroTech.com. “I love when I’m done speaking and knowing somebody has hope or a smile on their face or they don’t feel like something is wrong with them.”

“The discussion of mental health in 2013 is different from what it is in 2022,” Williams says. “I am proud and excited that it’s being talked about, it is being shared more, and people are doing it through their platforms or music. I’m finding people are being more transparent and more vulnerable. So we are chipping away at the stigma daily before it is erased.”

Last week, Williams participated in The Mental Health Crisis is an Everyone Crisis: The Role of Brand + Culture panel at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2022 in France, which was sponsored by Rock The Bells and Salesforce.

LL will hold a mental health panel during his Rock The Bells Festival on August 6 at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City. The event will feature performances by Ice Cube, Rick Ross, Lil Kim and Jadakiss.

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