Survivor of Golden Gate Bridge suicide attempt to speak Tuesday at UCCS

By: Debbie Kelley •
February 5, 2018• Updated: February 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm

photo – Kevin Hines. Courtesy photo.
Kevin Hines. Courtesy photo.

Kevin Hines, one of the 1 percent of known survivors who have attempted suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge, will share his story and how he learned to overcome mental illness at 6 p.m., Tuesday at Berger Hall on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus.

The event is free but seating is limited. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and parking is free in lots 222 and 224.

The author of “Cracked, Not Broken,” Hines was diagnosed with bipolar disorder before his jump and has learned how to live with the illness and be an activist for mental health.

He has testified before the U.S. Congress in support of the Mental Health Parity Bill and presented at the White House Dialogue on Men’s Health in 2016.

The UCCS Wellness Center and Office of Dean of Students are sponsoring the event.

“Increasing suicidal ideations, attempts and deaths is a growing issue throughout our broader community and across the nation,” Stephanie Hanenberg, executive director of the campus’ Health and Wellness Center said in a news release. “We must work on addressing this issue together.”

Hines earned the Clifford W. Beers Award from Mental Health America, the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health, a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and is an Achievement Winner by the U.S. Veterans Affairs Administration.