When the news broke on Wednesday, April 3, that Britney Spears was reportedly seeking treatment to cope with her dad’s recent illness, fans applauded her decision. (Jamie Spears reportedly suffered from a colon rupture, according to People, and has undergone several surgeries in recent months.) “We all need to take time for a little ‘me time,'” Spears wrote on Instagram, and supporters full-heartedly agreed. This overall gracious and kind public response to Spears’ reported decision to get help is a reminder of how far we’ve come in our understanding of mental health, thanks in part to Spears and other pop culture icons who have publicly battled mental illness. No longer is a celebrity seeking mental health treatment treated as tabloid fodder. For the most part, it is recognized as a sign of strength that could help others get the help they need. What a difference a decade makes.