Hayley Williams talks power of therapy and conversation: “Get it all out”

March 29, 2018
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The list of reasons why we love Hayley Williams just keeps growing. Williams took to social media to urge fans to seek therapy or talk to someone if they need it.

“If I didn’t go to therapy and/or have a mentor I could talk to about the hard stuff of life then I don’t even want to know what would become of me,” Williams writes.

Read more: Hayley Williams had the perfect response to fan who misses “old Paramore”

The musician has been open about her struggle with depression in the past, and she wants fans to know just how important the power of therapy and conversation are.

“Get it all out. Love to you today.”

In an interview with Fader last year, Williams opened up about her experiences with depression and anxiety. She revealed that she privately quit the band in 2015, due to her depression. She explains that there were days in which all she would do is watch Netflix in bed, but it wasn't until she found a new fixation on death that she knew it was time to find a therapist.

“It wasn’t in the sense of, I’m going to take my life. It was just hopelessness.”

Bandmate Taylor York began sending the singer unfinished songs just to test the waters. Eventually, Williams began to finish these unfinished tracks and from there, After Laughter began with the birth of “Forgiveness.”

“I told her she didn’t have to do stuff. But I just kept writing, and then there was this time that she got it again,” said York.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, there is help to be found. Please consider these online resources and talk to your regular doctor about your symptoms:
SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
ImAlive – Online Crisis Network
The Anxiety And Depression Association Of America
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Initiatives
The Jed Foundation

Watch more: The AP Sessions: Paramore (2011)

Written by Maggie Dickman