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Paramore’s Hayley Williams on mental health: “Getting healthy is a lifetime of process”

Paramore’s Hayley Williams has had some strong words to say on the subject of mental health.

Williams, who has always been very vocal of her battles with mental health and has regularly opened up about dealing with many issues around the subject, seemed to be hitting out at some critics on social media.

“*sheeesh, ppl love to talk shit when you finally getting to a good spot.* learning this now: being unhealthy may garner some empathy from previous apathetic onlookers,” she said on Twitter before added “but nothing beats getting consciously healthy w/ true love around you. misery’s romance will never compare,” she added.

“AND 1 MORE THING — gettttttting healthy is a lifetime of process,” she added.

“kinda tired of folks treating mental health as an either/or situation. sometimes you’re just in the grey for a while, making your way to the light. (pls don’t shit on someone else’s journey to a less-dark place).”

As aforementioned, Williams has always been vocal on mental health and has previously penned a letter in which she explained that “a lot happened in a short time”. She also detailed how the departure of bassist Jeremy Davis affected her: “I woke up from that crash with one less bandmate… another fight about money and who wrote what songs.”

“In the summer of 2015, I was an engaged, yellow-haired 26-year-old. There was a Grammy sitting on my kitchen counter and boxes everywhere from the move I’d made back home to Nashville after a few weird years in LA. I was going to get married that September, slow down some, plant a garden, have a kid, make another Paramore record. Everything was finally going to be perfect and I was going to live happily ever afte— Oh. Wow… Just threw up a little bit,” she wrote.

“I had a wedding ring on, despite breaking off the engagement only months before,” she said of her break-up with ex-husband, Chad Gilbert who was an integral member of the band New Found Glory.

“Then I didn’t eat, I didn’t sleep, I didn’t laugh… for a long time. I’m still hesitant to call it depression. Mostly out of fear people will put it in a headline, as if depression is unique and interesting and deserves a click. Psychology is interesting. Depression is torment.”


For anybody who might be struggling to deal with mental health issues, here’s some helpline numbers for you to talk to: 

Mind

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)

Website: www.mind.org.uk

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)

Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

Website: www.rethink.org

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