Man Who Jumped Off Bridge to Speak About Suicide ~ Free for Jefferson County

August 7, 2018


On Tuesday, August 28th at 7:00PM, a man will speak at Hanover College about not only dramatic leap from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, an attempt at suicide, but also about how to overcome what the feelings that one may have in such dire situations.

Kevin Hines

In September 2000, Kevin Hines jumped off the famous bridge, a method of suicide attempt that has resulted in death for most of the 2000 people who have made that jump since Golden Gate was erected in 1937.

But Kevin survived and in the 18 years since his nearly fatal try, he has become a bridge between many family members and loved ones who attempted similar acts, as they ask why it happened and what could have been done.

According to his bio, Hines is “fostering a critical bridge of hope between life and death for people caught in the pain of living with serious mental illness, difficult life circumstances, and more.”

His messages share with audiences about coping and seeking support networks to bolster them through crisis, in order to find the purpose, the meaning in surviving and thriving.

He is one of only thirty-six (less than 1%) 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.

In 2016, Mental Health America awarded Kevin their highest honor, The Clifford W. Beers Award for his efforts to improve the lives of and attitudes toward people with mental illnesses.

With the Golden Gate Bridge behind him

Previously, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health in partnership with Eli Lilly.

Kevin has also been awarded by SAMSHA as a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner, an Achievement Winner by the US Veterans Affairs and received over 30 U.S. military excellence medals as a civilian.

‘Hope Heals: An Evening with Kevin Hines’ will take place at the Lynn Center for Fine Arts Auditorium at Hanover College at 7:00PM.

If you live in Jefferson County, Indiana, FREE tickets are available by visiting this website,

This event is in part being put on as part of the Zero Suicide Plan from the Healthy Communities of Jefferson County Initiative, with help from the Community Foundation of Jefferson County.