Surviving Myself A Journey from Suicidal to Happy

26May/110

Kevin Hines: Survivor

-- Andy Grant, May 26, 2011

Kevin Hines

Kevin Hines: Thinking About The Past

I first heard of Kevin Hines a couple of years ago.  He is a suicide attempt survivor, public speaker and activist.  The exact sort of person I looked up to and wanted to model once I decided to go public with my own story of depression and suicide attempts.  This week I got to hear him speak and chat with him for a few moments at the Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Conference.

Every suicide attempt survivor deserves to feel lucky and blessed to still be alive, but Kevin takes that to the ultimate degree.  In 2000, at the age of 19, Kevin jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  He is one of only 32 people to survive while over 2,000 have died there.  Kevin now travels the globe speaking out for suicide prevention and promoting mental wellness.

His keynote address was surprisingly funny while also being compelling, honest and gut-wrenching.  It was great to hear him say many things that I've said, such as; suicidal people don't want to die, they feel they have to die.  There were also many things different in our stories.  Surviving the jump, Kevin swore never again.  He says, "Life is too short to die by suicide."  He has never made another attempt and is committed to never doing so.  I didn't reach that point until after numerous attempts.  It was a privilege to be able to shake his hand and thank him for all the lives he's impacted.  If you ever have the chance to see Kevin speak, take advantage of it.  You can learn more about Kevin and his upcoming memoir, "The Wounded Healer: Chronicles of a Psychotic Mind" at www.KevinHinesStory.com.  You can also connect with him on Facebook.

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