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A Story of Survival: After Son's Suicide

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There are the songs.

The PSA's.

And then those left behind.

Brad Nimmick of Great Falls says to a group of nursing students, "Tyson, I love you so much, and I don't know how I'm going to go on without being able to listen to your voice anymore."

Brad and Peg Nimmick adore their son Tyson. 

Brad says, "As a young guy, he was always a fun kid to be around."

But it seemed Tyson dealt with the stresses of life much more severely than his peers, even at a young age. 

Peg Nimmick is Tyson's mother, "He would worry about things most grade schoolers wouldn't."

This stress continued into his adulthood, causing depression and ultimately alcoholism. 

The Nimmicks tell FOX Montana, "I think after he had that first drink, that first experience, it numbed him."

And after battling his demons for nearly 15 years, Tyson put an end to his pain permanently, New Year's Eve, 2011.

"He hung himself, with an electrical cord," says Tyson's father.

Today, Brad and Peg say they refuse to let their son's death be in vain, speaking out about their son's suicide to a group of nursing students at Great Falls College MSU in hopes of preventing further tragedies. 

"There are things that you can do as caregivers to be there for people, and not judge.  Stigmas with addiction, right? Stigmas with mental health issues," says Peg.

Brigit Hemmer is an RN with MSU Northern, "There're real people behind some of the difficult things that we see as nurses and just to remember the people inside of those behaviors.

The Nimmicks are hoping both nursing students and people at home realize that those suffering from depression or alcoholism are still human.  They are someone's son or daughter, brother or sister.  And so, instead of judging them, reach out to someone who may have lost their way.

Peg tells the students, "You can make a difference with someone's life."

To conclude their discussion, Brad leaves the students with an emotional letter he wrote to his son, after his death. 

"I hated seeing you in your misery, and wanted so much to make it better.  I think about what else I could've done for you and realize I couldn't stop the final solution you chose to stop the misery that ultimately overwhelmed you," reads Brad.

For ABC/FOX Montana, I'm Emily Scarlett.

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