Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Golden Gate Bridge jumper to discuss suicide prevention

Monday, April 4, 2016 by Susan Bryant sbryant@tnonline.com in Local News

Only 1 percent of people who have attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge have survived.

Kevin Hines, who attempted suicide when he was 19, two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, is one of the lucky ones.

He will share his incredible story and his inspirational message of “Living Mentally Well,” 7 p.m. April 12 at Salisbury High School, 500 E. Montgomery St., Salisbury Township.

Hines, the author of “Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt,” is one of just 34 people who miraculously survived a fall from the Golden Gate Bridge.

Today, he has become a staunch advocate for suicide prevention and mental health, a best-selling author and an award-winning global speaker.

He also has become a filmmaker, as he is currently working on a feature-length documentary film called Suicide: The Ripple Effect.

Hines’ presentation at the high school couldn’t be timelier, with the recent suicide of BMX legend Dave Mirra and the lingering effects of Robin Williams’ suicide still prevalent more than 18 months later.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

The ratio of suicide attempts to suicide deaths in youth is estimated to be about 25 to 1, and surveys suggest at least one million people in the U.S. each year engage in intentionally inflicted self-harm.

Tickets may be purchased at nami-lv.org.

Hines will be available to sign copies of his book following his presentation, which includes a question-and-answer session.

The event is being co-sponsored by AFSP and NAMI-Lehigh Valley, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

NAMI is an association of families, persons with mental illness, mental health professionals and other community members dedicated to providing hope and support for individuals dealing with the effects of serious and persistent mental illness.

Lehigh Valley Health Network and Lehigh and Northampton counties also have generously contributed to this event.

For more information on the presentation, contact Janet Bandics, NAMI Lehigh Valley director, at 610-882-2102 or info@nami-lv.org.