In light of World Mental Health Day, Styles P spoke about his daughter’s suicide in 2015 and claimed that it is more difficult than people think to recognize the warning symptoms of mental illness.
The LOX veteran talked openly about his grief process during a Monday (October 10) interview with The Message on Apple Music with Ebro Darden.
“I’ve lost a daughter to suicide,” Styles P said. “And thinking about mental health, I probably look at it different from most people. She didn’t have signs. Didn’t see it, didn’t know. She never had no attempts, no anything. Most people don’t know how other people feel.”
He continued: “Really, at the end of the day, even mental health specialists, even the experts, a lot of people don’t go around asking people how they feel or expressing how they feel. And with understanding that, like you said, I’m pretty sure most mental health experts have to go through some sort of specific training or class to keep their mind state intact.
“I think the average individual doesn’t look at their own life, what they’re going through. And measure it on their own scale without comparing it to someone else, and how they feel, and what’s going on, and what they should do, what they should not do, and what makes them tick. A lot of us aren’t in touch with ourselves to even be mentally healthy.”
Styles P’s daughter Tai Styles took her own life on July 27, 2015, and in a post shortly after the tragic event, the New York rapper spoke about how it has forever changed him.
“I rarely speak on my personal issues and i usually express my pain the through music but today I will share a little with you last month my wife and I lost a daughter and my son lost a sister,” he said in an Instagram post.
“My baby girl took her life and there are no words to describe the day to day pain we have to endure and maintain through but in dealing with pain you find yourself dealing with the creator and asking questions and going through emotions most would not understand.”
He continued: “But I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t take this time out to say from the most humbled part of my heart and soul to say to yall that the dream most of us chase is not!! I repeat is not!! more valuable than the love you get from your family and friends. It may seem like it is but it ain’t…”