Acclaimed mental health advocate and suicide survivor Kevin Hines will share his powerful story of hope, recovery and wellness during an address, Tuesday, August 28, on Hanover College's campus.
Eighteen years ago, Hines jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge in an attempt to take his own life. He is one of only 36 people to survive the fall (fewer than 1 percent). Today, he serves as a motivational speaker, voice for those who struggle, author and filmmaker who shares his story with audiences around the world.
In 2013, Hines released his best-selling memoir, "Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving After A Suicide Attempt." His feature-length documentary, "Suicide: The Ripple Effect," sheds light on this epidemic that claims more than 40,000 lives in the U.S. each year.
In 2016, Mental Health America presented Hines with its highest honor, The Clifford W. Beers Award, for his efforts to improve the lives of, and attitudes toward, people with mental illness. He was previously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health in partnership with Eli Lilly. Though a civilian, he has earned more than 30 U.S. military excellence medals, as well as honors from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and U.S. Veterans Affairs.
Hines' compelling message of hope will begin at 7 p.m. in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. A question-and-answer session will immediately follow.
General admission tickets are free, however, patrons are encouraged to reserve seats online in advance. Tickets may be printed or scanned upon entry from a barcode on a mobile phone.
Hines' appearance is sponsored by the Healthy Communities Initiative of Jefferson County, Centerstone, Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County, and Hanover College.