Suicide remains one of the toughest subjects to discuss, especially within the Black community, as it is somehow still considered taboo to have an open dialogue about it, especially on a public forum.
Going against this stigma, rapper Styles P and his wife, Adjua Styles, shared their first-hand experience with suicide detailing the moment their daughter, Tai, took her life, two years ago.
The two appeared on Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club on Wednesday and revealed that their daughter showed no signs of wanting to take her life prior to the dreaded moment.
"As much as you think that they're telling you everything, you don't know everything," Adjua said when asked if Tai was battling depression at the time.
Tai, who was 19 at the time of the fatal incident, took her life two years ago while living away from her folks. They explained that they feel an extreme amount of guilt knowing that they weren't around when she may have needed them most.
"We were extremely close," Adjua continued. "I had her on the brink of 19. When she committed suicide she was living on her own, and I feel within my heart that if I was around... [I would've] been her safe haven."
Adjua added that their daughter was going through a breakup at the time, which may have contributed to the tragic decision.
"She felt very alone," she said. "She was going through a break up at that time with her girlfriend. It was a culmination of all of these emotions at that time. It wasn't thought out obviously."
The "Good Times" rapper added that if they knew what their daughter was going through, they would have been more active in having her in their presence, and he also shared an insightful tidbit about the misconstrued connection between depression and suicide.
"If we knew she was depressed she would've been home with us," he said. "Some things you can't see because people won't tell you. We all deal with depression on some sort of level, but with suicide it's often like [people assume] the person's depressed."
He ended with words that every parent can relate with: "You expect your child to bury you, not bury your child."
Take a look at the powerful and informational interview, below:
If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting ‘Home’ to 741741.
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