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Kevin Hines        

Brain Health Advocate & Storyteller

Kevin Hines is an award-winning brain/mental health and suicide prevention activist, entrepreneur, multiple award-winning filmmaker, best-selling author, international educator and speaker 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, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility.

Through his tireless advocacy and policy efforts of over fifteen years, Hines has been a leading champion for constructing a suicide prevention net on the Golden Gate Bridge and was instrumental in success of the approved funding on June 2014.

In the summer of 2013, Hines released his bestselling memoir titled "Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt".

In 2016, Mental Health America awarded Hines their highest honor, The Clifford W. Beers Award for his efforts to improve the lives of and attitudes toward people with mental illnesses. Previously, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health in partnership with Eli Lilly.

In 2018, Hines executive produced and directed his multiple award-winning documentary film, "Suicide: The Ripple Effect", about the impact of suicides on families and loved ones.

He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health. Hines has also been awarded by SAMSHA as a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner, an Achievement Winner by the US Veterans Affairs and is a recipient of over 50 military Medals.

Hines sits on the advisory boards of The International Bipolar Foundation, The Crisis Text Line, The Bridge Rail Foundation (BRF), and The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s Consumer Survivors Sub-Committee. Hines has spoken and testified in congressional hearings alongside Patrick Kennedy in support of the Mental Health Parity Bill.

His story was featured in the 2006 critically-acclaimed film The Bridge by the film director and producer Eric Steel.

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CRACKED NOT BROKEN

Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life. Kevin Hines is a mental health advocate, global speaker, best-selling author, documentary filmmaker and entrepreneur who reaches audiences all over the world 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.

THE ART OF WELLNESS

Kevin’s discusses his process for wellness, resilience and recovery. In order to be self-aware and cognizant of his mental wellness, Kevin has developed a 10 step evidence-informed regimen to stay on track and monitor the signs of falling off track. Clinical studies are discussed that prove why these are important to maintain wellness for everyone, not just those with a diagnosed mental illness. Audiences come away with a knowledge of how to build their own toolkit for maintaining their mental wellness, as well as the wellness of their loved ones.

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