T.I.’s daughter, Deyjah Harris, is no stranger when it comes to talking about issues relating to mental health. On Tuesday, which happens to be Self-Harm Awareness Day(S.I.A.D), the 20-year-old took to her Instagram to open up about her experience with self-harm.
She began, “…Whew, ok so because today is SIAD (self injury/self harm awareness day), I decided to leave some of you that can relate a little message. Obviously if you cannot empathize with this then keep it scrolling/keep the rude comments to yourself because I will block you, but for those of you that can relate (unfortunately)… i see you. perhaps I had to experience this in order to be able to help someone else that is or will deal with this…i mean we hurt so that we can help others heal from that same pain, right?”
Deyjah doesn’t want anyone to pity her, but rather hopes that her testimony can help others. She continued, ” I don’t need any sympathy, i don’t need any of you to try and guess why i did this to myself, i don’t need you to tell me things like “oh you shouldn’t do that to yourself, you’re too pretty for that” etc. because that will change nothing.”
Adding, “All I need for you to do is simply speak and live in your truth like I always encourage you to do. i need you to see that if I can be brave enough to share this part of myself/my journey with the world, then you can too.”
Deyjah went on to thank her parents, including her bonus mom Tameka “Tiny” Harris, for all their support during the difficult times. She wrote, “I just want to quickly thank my parents for always being so patient with me… even when Y’all didn’t really understand. Anytime i might’ve returned back to square one, y’all were always working together to figure out what it is that Y’all can do it to make life worth living for me… and i genuinely appreciate everything you both have done for me.”