Jul 31, 2015

Survivor to share his story, discuss suicide prevention on Monday in Cody

One of the few people to live through a suicidal jump from the Golden Gate Bridge will share his story of survival on Monday evening in Cody.

Kevin Hines will speak about his unlikely survival and his powerful will to live during a free presentation at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West's Coe Auditorium, from 6 to 7 p.m..

The Golden Gate Bridge. File photo courtesy Giuseppe Milo under CC BY 2.0
Hines was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a teenager, and at the age of 19, Hines attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. He's one of only a few dozen people (less than 1 percent) to survive the fall.

Hines says the fall broke his body, but not his spirit. He says his desire to live mentally well – and to be a mental health advocate – pulled him from the depths of his condition. Hines now actively spreads the message that, with time, endurance, hard work, and support, “those living with even very difficult diagnoses can achieve better lives for themselves and those who help to support and care for them.”

“Life is the single greatest gift we have ever been given ... or will ever be given,” Hines says on his website.

In the summer of 2013, Hines released a memoir titled, “Cracked Not Broken, The Kevin Hines Story,” which will be the topic of Monday's public presentation.

For more information, contact Rachel Williams at the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming at 307-578-7029.

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