Dom McLennon, member of the Texas based art collective Brockhampton, has shared an open letter describing his struggles with self-harm, as Reddit points out.
McLennon writes that he was inspired to share the letter after meeting a fan following a Brockhampton show in Eugene, Oregon. "[She] told me that she appreciated my candid honesty about self-harm on some of the songs on our Saturation project, specifically 'TRIP'. As I heard her out, I could tell this was something she was still enduring and trying to navigate in the same ways I did."
Security and a line of fans forced them to end the conversation early, and McLennon was unable to locate her after the meet-and-greet. "I guess the reason I’m writing this letter is because if you ever do get the chance to stumble upon this, I want you to know what I wish somebody told me when I was going through my deepest darkest times with body dysmorphia and self-harm.
You are loved.
You are not alone."
His own struggles with self-harm were not obvious, McLennon admits. "On the surface level, I probably looked like an apathetic asshole who didn’t care for anybody’s issues, but I was really screaming behind scars and scabs that were so hardened you couldn’t see the raw skin beneath it."
McLennon reveals that he hasn't self-harmed in four years. And while he hasn't fully recovered, he credits his fans for his progress. "My social anxiety is worse than ever, but I feel brave and strong enough to face it knowing that the people who support me love me as I am."
The letter concludes with a link to a free and anonymous chat room called What Will We Be?. McLennon describes the site on Twitter as "a place for you to vent."