Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor to speak about suicide prevention

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Kevin Hines, a survivor who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge, will share his story March 19.

“Cracked, Not Broken” is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Ballroom at Texas Christian University.

“More than 50 million Americans suffer and struggle with mental health disorders across our country," Cortney Gumbleton, TCU suicide prevention outreach coordinator, said. "Suicide prevention is everyone's business.”

Gumbleton said there are more than 36,000 suicides per year in the United States with hundreds in Tarrant County.

“By bringing Kevin Hines to the community to share his story, the community members will begin to do their part,” she said. “We are hoping that community members will do their part by educating themselves on the realities of mental health and make suicide prevention their business.”

When TCU Panhellenic was approached to cosponsor the event, Katelin Rae, TCU coordinator of fraternity and sorority life, felt it was the perfect program to support, she said.

“Mental health and suicide are two educational focal points and priorities on many college campuses today,” she said. “These are real issues that adults and more specifically college students deal with. I look forward to hearing Kevin's story and believe these topics deserve more education and awareness.”

According to his bio, two years after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Hines attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He immediately regretted his jump. Hines travels internationally sharing his story and has dedicated his life to inspiring others and helping them find purpose in their life.

During the presentation, Hine’s will discuss his feelings as a 19-year-old desperate to end his life.

He will also provide insight about resources such as parents, teachers, caregivers, professionals, and others who can help young adults who are struggling with mental health issues or who may have thoughts of suicide.

Last year, Hines published his first book Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving after a Suicide Attempt based on his attempt to end his life in 2000.

Following the presentation, Hines will sign copies of the book at 8:30 p.m. at TCU Barnes and Noble.

“Cracked, Not Broken” is free and open to the public. The event is hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, TCU Panhellenic Association, TCU Counseling and Mental Health Center, and the TCU R U OK campaign.

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