By Karli Molignoni
On Tuesday, September 20, KU will welcome Kevin Hines, a public speaker and suicide survivor.
At the age of 19, Hines jumped off of the Golden Gate Bridge in an attempt to commit suicide. As a member of the less than one percent who survived this fall, Hines is now a successful author and mental health advocate.
Since his attempt, he has traveled the world to spread his message and share the hope that he has found. Buzzfeed recently featured Hines’s story throughout their mental health week series.
Hines’s book, “Cracked, Not Broken,” is the story of his struggle with mental illness. He wants to share his story with the world so that others may find the strength and resilience that he has found in his own life.
With the help of treatment, Hines has been able to learn how to live with his bipolar disorder and finds himself in a place where he is now living mentally well.
Hines will be speaking in room 101 of the Academic Forum from 11-12 p.m. A book signing will follow. There will be a reception in the lobby of Boehm at 5:30 p.m., with Hines speaking from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Another book signing will follow. There is no cost for the event. Books will be available to purchase at the event at a discounted price of $25.
The event is sponsored by the Health and Wellness Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
For more information, visit http://www.kutztown.edu/healthandwellness
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call 1-800-273-8255.