“Life is the single greatest gift we have ever been given…or will ever be given.”

-Kevin Hines

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Kevin Hines is a global speaker, author and mental health advocate who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at 19 years of age), he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy around the globe.

In 2012, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding work as a suicide prevention advocate and speaker by the National Council of Behavioral Health. He has also been recognized by SAMSHA as a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner, an Achievement Winner by the US Veterans Affairs, and he has received a Three Star Marine General’s Medal Award in addition to his numerous accolades. Kevin’s will to live and stay mentally well has inspired people worldwide. His compelling story has touched diverse, global audiences with university campuses, high schools, corporations, clergy, military, clinicians, health and medical communities, law enforcement organizations, and various conferences.

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.

In the summer of 2013, Kevin released his memoir titled, Cracked Not Broken, The Kevin Hines Story. It has continued to sell out and is on several bestsellers’ lists. His story was featured in the film “The Bridge” by the film director and producer Eric Steel. Thousands of people have reached out to him expressing thanks for his message of hope.

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 days. His mantra: “Life is a gift, that is why they call it the present. Cherish it always.”

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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.

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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.

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Kevin Hines was one of the most authentic, effective and memorable speakers I have had the honor to present in the over 30 years I have worked in Student Activities. He had an overflow crowd of students totally engaged and truly listening to what he had to say. There is no question that he touched everyone in attendance that night and more importantly he allowed people to open up and tell their stories and be heard. I would not be surprised if Kevin’s presentation did not change many lives that night and perhaps save some as well.
Bruce Berkowitz
Associated Students program Coordinator / Sonoma State University
It is so refreshing to hear a speaker talk about suicide (from one’s own perspective) and the feelings it creates in others who are left behind to deal with it. It is not the family members, friends or loved ones fault. It is not the person who carries out the actions fault. The fault lies with the illness and the inability to talk about the illness due to stigma. Those are the words I will always remember from Kevin. Thank you Kevin - for telling your story and giving hope that mental wellness can be a reality.
Rik Cornell
Vice President, Community Relations / The Mental Health of Greater Manchester
I have heard Kevin Hines present four times, each time his presentation impacts me. There are two things I will always take with me: one, always be willing to ask someone if they are ok, be aware of your surroundings; two, getting well and staying well is possible. It takes hard work, a plan, and personal commitment. Kevin speaks to his audience in a way that he draws out their compassion and motivation. I believe Kevin Hines is helping to start a movement. I know he has in Cape Girardeau, MO. I look forward to hearing Kevin speak again in the future. In addition, Kevin donated his time at an adolescent group home the night before our conference and it was one of the neatest things in my professional career. He is such a good, kind-hearted man.
Rick Strait
MS, LPC, CRDAC, CCDP, CCGC IDDT Program Manager/Co-Occurring Therapist / Outpatient/Co-Occurring Division Community Counseling Cente-Cape Girardeau, MO
Keynote speaker Kevin Hines moved the crowd to applause, and no small amount of tears, with the account of his attempted suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge – but also with his desire to find the resiliency to prove to himself and others it is possible to live a life of recovery from mental illness.
Jackie Chatmon
Project Director / Mississippi Transitional Outreach Program, Mississippi Department of Mental Health
In an effort to raise awareness for suicide prevention our office hosted an event with Kevin Hines. The forum was open to the people struggling with mental health issues, family members, clinicians, other professionals, students, members of the faith based community and the community at large. The audience was really quite diverse. Kevin displayed an extraordinary capacity to connect with a wide audience. Each person, with their own story and reason for attending, was captivated by his journey towards mental wellness. Kevin openly presented his life with passion and honesty. His tale of recovery and his tireless work in the area of suicide prevention is awe inspiring. Kevin’s presentation exceeded our expectations promoting a message of suicide prevention and mental wellness that was filled with hope and positive energy.
Mark Giuliano
LMSW Program Director Community Support Mental Health Services
A story of faith, courage, luck, and persistence. It’s an affirmation of life and how, if given a second chance, a person can move from the deepest depths of despair to a calling that helps save others from the precipice.
John Bateson
Author: Book-The Final Leap
Kevin Hines is a passionate, energetic, and well-informed speaker. His personal experience and self-study are evident each time he speaks. Since meeting Mr. Hines, I have come to value him as a colleague and have been proud to count him as friend. I highly recommend Mr. Hines as a public speaker.
DEQUINCY LEZINE
President, Prevention Communities: Experience. Expertise. Effectiveness.
Kevin was a board member for Bridge Rail Foundation before I started in 2008. He continues as an Advisory Member and has been a source of inspiration.The first time I saw Kevin speak publicly was a very moving and intense meeting. Hard to imagine this man faced death and was literally saved by forces of nature. He has devoted his life to changing the world's perception of mental health, wellness and illness. He speaks to college students, service members and the general public. This is a man who will succeed in changing minds with every speaking engagement or personal encounter. Anyone who hears his story or meets with him will be drawn to engage with his efforts.
DAYNA WHITMER
BRIDGE RAIL FOUNDATION MEMBER / BRIDGE RAIL FOUNDATION
Kevin is an extraordinary person who is incredibly brave talking about his experiences to help others. He is inspirational! I can speak from experience as we both took part in a BMJ podcast interview. He is an excellent speaker.
ALYS COLE KING
CONSULTANT LIAISON PSYCHIATRIST/CO FOUNDER, DIRECTOR "CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE"
Kevin's unwavering passion for living mentally well combined with sharing his personal story of mental illness makes his message powerful and meaningful to everyone. As Founder of the Collateral Damage Project, I see first hand the positive impact of of Kevin's ability to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide and engage his audience in a healthy and preventative dialogue. I highly recommend Kevin not only as an advocate for mental illness and suicide prevention but also as an example of how each and everyone of us can live mentally well.
SCOTT CHISHOLM
FOUNDER / COLATROAL DAMAGE PROJECT
Kevin Hines is indeed an expert - in life, inspiration, integrity, survival, and hope. His remarkable story has been shared with many, and should continue to be, as he brings his gift to all of us. Do not hesitate to bring Kevin on board with your organization. All who meet him and hear him speak leave the room awed and humbled.
ISABELLE CAREY
MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY
The entire world needs to hear Kevin's story. As a behavioral health program manager, I was looking for speakers to address suicide that would make an impact for our military. Every Soldier in the Army, and many in the other branches, have heard Kevin's story and it has changed lives. He is extremely articulate and profound as he describes his journey, and he is instantly able to connect to individuals in crisis. Recommend? Absolutely, and without a single doubt. If you need a motivational speaker who can break down all barriers of resistance, someone who can stimulate the mind as well as touch the heart, then Kevin Hines is your man. His message is vital to any suicide prevention or resilience program on the planet.
COMMANDER WAYNE BOYD USMC
PACIFIC REGIONAL MEDICAL COMMAND CHAPLAIN / USMC
A heartfelt, honest, life altering story of living with severe mental illness, through the tragic death of drug addicted parents, living through violent infant illness, extreme paranoia, horrendous hallucinations, the depths of recurring great depression, constant suicidal ideation, the torments of physical and emotional bullying, horrific juvenile prejudice, and being given the gift to fight through it all to become one of the leading peer mental health and prevention advocates of this or anytime.
ROMAN & LITTLEFIELD PUBLISHING GROUP
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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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