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Kevin Hines (06/18/2013)

As a young man with bipolar disorder, I heard voices in my head, suffered severe mood swings, and sunk into a deep depression.  As a way out of the pain, I attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.  Immediately after jumping and letting go of the rail, I instantly regretted the decision, and tried to position myself in a way that the impact of the water would not immediately kill me.  Though I suffered extensive injuries, I survived the jump and now use my experience to help people carry on through their depression and remain positive as they manage their disease.

I have spoken to more than 300,000 people internationally on “living mentally well,” my firsthand experience with suicidal thoughts, and the struggles of living with a mental illness. I have been featured in the critically acclaimed film “The Bridge,” and on “Larry King Live,” “20/20,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” “Good Morning America,” and Ireland’s famed “Tonight."  I have written several articles about mental health and the prevention of suicide in America and recently finished my memoir, “Coming Apart – Not Broken, The Kevin Hines Story.”

My will to live and stay mentally well is supported by my regular participation in cognitive behavioral therapy, a routine sleep cycle, regular physical exercise, and a healthy diet.  I refrain from using drugs and alcohol.  I also take my medication with 100-percent accuracy.

I hope that my will to live and stay mentally well inspires people to change their lives for the better.

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