Meet Drew Robinson, a 29-year-old who lives in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, loves his dogs, has an infectious smile and was drafted out of high school in the fourth round by Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. Drew spent more than a decade playing professional baseball, including about a year total in the big leagues. His first hit in the majors was a home run. He is a goofball with his friends and is close with his family. He’s handsome and athletic and young and seems to have it all. But, as is the case almost always in life, things are not what they seem on the surface.
What you can’t see while listening to this conversation is the physical reminder of the worst day of Drew’s life, the day his life almost, should have, ended.
Drew is missing his right eye as a result of injuries from a suicide attempt on April 16, 2020.
This is a story about that day, yes, but it is also about the totality of Drew’s life, about what led to that day and about all that has come after. It’s about thinking you have nothing to live for and then, by some miracle, surviving and realizing how wrong you were. It’s about having the hard conversations, about asking for help and about making it your actual job to encourage others to do the same.
This conversation contains details about Drew’s suicide attempt and about suicidal ideation and suicidal thoughts. If you or someone you love is struggling with these things, please reach out for help. In Canada, call 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645. In the US, call 1-800-273-8255.
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