My name is Timothy Lawson. I’m a student at American University, a Marine Corps veteran and a survivor of my own suicide attempt.
I first pondered suicide as a teenager. I daydreamed of taking my own life and how the people around me would respond, but I didn’t attempt.
Early in my military career I took leave to go back home and visit friends. At the time, I was already struggling with emotional health. One night, while I was home, I was feeling guilt, shame, and lack of hope about several things in my life. I was depressed. I panicked. I went to the medicine cabinet and grabbed the first prescription bottle I could find and chased it with a bottle of beer. I didn’t even bother to look at the label. I just downed the pills and went to my room. I laid there on my bed not knowing if I’d wake up. Fortunately, the next morning, I extremely sick. But sick was better than dead, and I knew I how fortunate I was to still have a heart beat….
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