As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis

As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Responds To Criticism Over His Mental Health Class


As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has commented on the negative criticism directed towards him after he hosted a mental health class earlier this week. That event was held on Tuesday, April 13th, and saw him discussing the topics of ‘Redemption, Healing And Hope’ as part of an event put on by August Burns Red frontman Jake Luhrs‘s YourLife Gym and HeartSupport organizations, both of which are dedicated to helping those facing mental health struggles.

Lambesis was a controversial choice to hold the discussion, having attempted to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife back in 2013. He pled guilty to a charge of solicitation of another to commit murder in connection with that and was sentenced to nine years in prison. He was ultimately paroled in late 2016.

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In the weeks and months since his release he issued numerous apologies for his actions. He has also pursued a side career as an addiction treatment counselor, having taken the necessary training to do so.

In a video shared yesterday, April 14th, Lambesis stated of his involvement in the class:

“So I just finished being a guest speaker in a mental health class, and I got a lot of criticism this morning before this class about how I have no business trying to help other people with all the pain I’ve caused others in my life. And really that’s not what the class was about.

It’s not about me saying I’ve got things figured out, it’s about me saying that I’ve gone through a lot of things and tried to heal and rehabilitate and part of the pain that I’ve experienced is waking up every day knowing the pain that I’ve caused other people. So it’s definitely not about me being morally superior, or particularly qualified, it’s about me being open and sharing my experience.

And I’m really encouraged by the guys in that group that shared the pain they’ve gone through. I think that’s very healing to share your story, that trauma holds less power over you, the more you open up and share about it.”