Kevin Hines has reached international audiences with his story of an unlikely survival. When Kevin was 19 years old and diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. He is one of only 36 (less than 1 percent) 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.
Kevin has become an award-winning international speaker, author, and mental health advocate. He has been featured in the critically acclaimed film The Bridge. In 2012, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding work as a suicide prevention advocate and speaker. In the summer of 2013, Kevin released his best-selling memoir, Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt. He also has a new documentary, Suicide: The Ripple Effect, now available to view via the Theatrical on Demand platform.
Kevin sits on the boards of the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), the Bridge Rail Foundation (BRF), and the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF), and on the Survivors Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. He has spoken in congressional hearings alongside Patrick Kennedy in support of the Mental Health Parity Bill. He continues his policy work as an ambassador to the National Council for Behavioral Health.