Willow Smith's self-harm reveal became a 'deeply healing' moment for the entire Smith family
A year ago, an incredibly brave Willow Smith spoke out about her experiences with self-harm on her mother's web show Red Table Talk.
Revealing that she felt "plunged into a black hole" after releasing her debut song Whip My Hair in 2010, the teenager claimed she "lost her sanity for a moment there".
The moment was a shock for her family, who seemingly had no idea the 18-year-old had been cutting herself. But, according to Jada Pinkett-Smith, the worrying revelation had an incredible effect on the Smith family as a whole.
Watch Willow speak out about her experiences with self-harm:
At an event celebrating the second season of Red Table Talk on Thursday in Los Angeles, Jada praised her daughter's bravery in being so open about the subject and said she had helped other self-harm sufferers.
"I've had a lot of young people come up to me about Willow as well," she said. "In that particular episode when she kind of revealed about self-harm, we had people in our family that we didn't even know that felt like now they could reveal what had been going on with them because Willow did."
She continued: "That particular episode was a deeply healing episode within our internal family because there had been a few people who had been going through stuff that none of us knew about. Because of Willow's strength and courage, we were able to connect on a different level. That was a really powerful episode for us personally as a family."
Speaking out about her honesty on the series, Willow added: "At a certain point, it's just kind of like, you know what, we're doing this and I'm gonna either do it or not. Either we're going ham or we're going home."
The 21st Century Girl star continued to say she hoped to use her platform for good, as Jada added that they created this talk show as a "safe space" for "real conversation."
"If we're gonna be in this light, if we're gonna have this platform," she said. "We might as well use it for something that's going to bring vulnerability, something good, more gentleness."
The episode in question saw Willow claim she felt purposeless after hitting the big time with her debut single.
"And after all of that kind of settled down and it was like a kind of lull, I was just listening to a lot of dark music," she said. "It was just so crazy, and I was plunged into this black hole, and I was, like, cutting myself."
She added: "I would have to say, honestly, I feel like I lost my sanity at one point. It was after that whole Whip My Hair thing and I had just stopped doing singing lessons and I was kind of just in this gray area of, 'Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything I can do besides this?'
"[It was] on my wrist. I mean, you can't even see it, but there's still a little something there. But, like, totally lost my sanity for a moment there... I never talk about it because it was such a short, weird point in my life. But you have to pull yourself out of it."