Kevin Hines has reached millions as he travels globally teaching other’s the importance of prevention of suicide and mental health awareness. He presents on anti-bullying campaigns, wellness in the workplace, drug and alcohol prevention and more.
After his suicide attempt by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge, Hines has become one of the most sought after speakers of these subjects In the US. Kevin continues his fight for wellness and dedicated his life to working for mental health equality, awareness, and education.
Kevin sits on honorary boards of both the International Bipolar Foundation (Dedicated to healing from Bipolar Disorder) as well as the Bridge Rail Foundation (Dedicated to ending suicides at the Golden Gate Bridge. He is currently a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s Consumer Survivors Sub Committee. Kevin was a two term member of San Francisco’s Mental Health Board and has spoken in congressional hearings alongside Patrick Kennedy in support of The Mental Health Parity Bill. He sat on the San Francisco Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for one year and helped raise over $30,000 for the AFSP. Kevin was named the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the National Counsel for Behavioral Health and Eli Lilly.
He is in preproduction of a Documentary about his life and life’s work. Cracked Not Broken, The Kevin Hines Story
“Cracked…Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt” his memoir, is out now.
Kevin’s story was featured in the film “The Bridge” by the great Film Director and Producer Eric Steel. Kevin has reached millions with his story through hundreds of media revolving around the topics he covers. Thousands have reached out to him expressing thanks for his message.
Kevin believes in the power of the human spirit and in the fact that you can find the ability to live mentally well. Maybe not every day but certainly most.
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable structures to define a modern city. Yet, for author Kevin Hines the bridge is not merely a marker of a place or a time. Instead, the bridge marks the beginning of his remarkable story. At 19 years old, Kevin attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge – a distance which took four seconds to fall. Recently diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, Kevin had begun to hear voices telling him he had to die, and days before his attempt, he began to believe them.
The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. His story chronicles the extraordinary will of the author to live mentally well in the face of his mental illness: bipolar disorder with psychotic features. With each mental breakdown, however, the author’s desire to live mentally well– and to be a mental health advocate– pulls him from the depths of his condition. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder to us to love the life we have. His story also reminds us that living mentally well takes time, endurance, hard work, and support. With these disciplines in place, those living with even very difficult diagnoses can achieve better lives for themselves and those who help to support and care for them.
The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic structure; a symbol of San Francisco, the West, freedom – and something more, something spiritual, something words cannot describe. The director and crew spent an entire year focusing on the Bridge. Running cameras for almost every daylight minute, they documented nearly two dozen suicides and a great many unrealized attempts. In addition, the director captured nearly 100 hours of incredibly frank, deeply personal, often heart-wrenching interviews with the families and friends of the departed, as well as with several of the attempters themselves.
Kevin Hines, his presentations and his websites do not offer personal medical, or mental health services or advice. He is not a licensed clinician, nor does he give medical or psychiatric services. Kevin’s goal is to spread a message of how he tried, through dedication and hard work, while following a treatment plan which his doctor’s, and clinicians set for him: to change his life and how he learned to live mentally well. his presentations and sites express the truth about his personal experience with having a very severe mental disease. He shares his story of how he personally rose above the statistics and is now living mentally well, as he believes you can too.
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