I tried to kill myself on Sunday, December 9th. I took 48 Aspirin mg and a fistful of other over the counter painkillers too. I thought I was so smart. I drank to slow my reflexes even further and I hit my head until I put a big hole in the wall.
Share If you had told me 13 years ago that I would one day be sitting in the White House talking openly to a room full of people about my lived experience of suicide attempts while being live-streamed to an audience across the globe, I would have suggested you get a PET scan as soon as possible.
After losing my father to suicide in when I was just seven years old, I hid behind a cloak of silence. For a while, I internalized everything. I internalized my struggle to understand and embrace my sexuality once I realized I was gay. I internalized my struggles with drug and alcohol addiction.
I internalized the severity of my depression and my own thoughts of suicide. Eventually, though, I ran out of space, like a tea kettle sitting on a hot stove, finally boiling over to release pressure.
I released my own pressure through drugs and alcohol, self-harm and risky behavior. When those things no longer worked I attempted to end my own life. It took years before I could find a way to talk about it. I had no idea organizations like AFSP existed. It gave me hope.
After attending the walk I went on to organize a campus walk at the community college I was attending, having learned that there were three students in one of my classes who had been impacted by suicide as well.
This entire journey has been such a gift to my life and has helped me heal tremendously. Surely they can find someone else more qualified. I flew to Washington DC on September My heart was filled with gratitude as my cab drove by the national monument.
There is so much history woven into the fabric of that city, and there I was, getting to be a small part of it. I joked with Christine about being the only panelist there without some sort of acronym behind my name. But my self-doubts melted away as the presentation began.
I realized I did belong. We were all there because we share a passion for saving lives.
I am grateful to those who were brave enough to start the conversation, and it is through their bravery that I have learned to find my own. Go to our Sharing Your Story page, where you'll find resources for sharing your own story, including story ideas, blog submission guidelines, tips for sharing your story safely and creative exercises to help you get started, and assignments for upcoming topics.
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Aug 25, · Hello pals! I just wanted to explain my stay in a psychiatric hospital and what happened when I attempted suicide.
I'm very pleased to say that I haven't been hospitalized since ! This panel of surviving siblings will candidly share their feelings on what this loss has been like for them, the changes in their own lives and family since the loss, and what insight they can share with other siblings and family members grieving a suicide loss.
Using my experience of working within high performing corporate law firms and simultaneously supporting friends through suicidal thoughts; subsequent coaching qualifications; and my own experience of mental health, I help your employees develop tools to take a proactive approach to their mental health.
Along with presentations by mental health professionals, the training also educates the participants through site visits at mental health agencies and a panel made up of individuals or their family members who have had experience with mental illness and have gone through the criminal justice system.
“My years of experience tell me that the safeguards are unenforceable. “The requirement for two witness to witness the actual execution by the patient makes no intonation that those two have any idea of this patient,” Morgan.