ROCHESTER, NY (10/19/2017) In September 2000, Kevin Hines leapt off the Golden Gate Bridge, a suicidal gesture that has resulted in death for most of the 2000 people who have made that jump since the bridge was erected in 1937. But he survived, and is now sharing his story to help others battle their mental battles one day at a time.
Award winning author of "Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt" Kevin Hines will share his inspirational story at the Nazareth College Arts Center on Tuesday, October 24, at 7 p.m. in the Callahan Theater. Hines is a brain/mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author, and documentary filmmaker 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 at age 19, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only 34 people to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. He is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy. His presentation is free and open to the public. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618. For more information, contact Megan Clifford, Nazareth College assistant director of Health and Counseling, firstname.lastname@example.org or (585)389-2192.
Nazareth's Health and Counseling Services is working with Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council to bring Kevin Hines to campus. While he is in Rochester he will also be speaking to student, staff and community members in the Penfield, Wayne, Romulus, and Dansville Schools.
Another free event open to the public:
An Evening with Kevin Hines: Suicide Prevention, will be held Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 from 7:00 -8:30PM at Penfield High School Auditorium, 25 High School Drive, Penfield, NY. FREE and open to public
Nazareth is proud of its commitment to mental health and wellness. Director of Nazareth's Health and Counseling Services Megan Clifford and Professor of Social Work Leanne Charlesworth, Ph.D., LMSW, offer the Mental Health First Aid course to Nazareth faculty and staff five times a year. All of Nazareth's resident assistants campus safety officers are trained in Mental Health First Aid.