By Kevin Hines

The Golden Gate Bridge is likely one of the such a lot recognizable constructions to outline a latest urban. but, for writer Kevin Hines the bridge isn't basically a marker of a spot or a time. as an alternative, the bridge marks the start of his notable tale. At 19 years previous, Kevin tried to take his personal existence via leaping off the Golden Gate Bridge - a distance which took 4 seconds to fall. lately clinically determined with bi-polar disease, Kevin had started to listen to voices telling him he needed to die, and days prior to his try, he started to think them.

The fall might holiday his physique, yet now not his spirit. His tale chronicles the intense will of the writer to reside mentally good within the face of his psychological disease: bipolar sickness with psychotic positive aspects. With every one psychological breakdown, in spite of the fact that, the author’s wish to dwell mentally well-- and to be a psychological future health advocate-- pulls him from the depths of his situation. Kevin’s tale is a impressive testomony to the energy of the human spirit and a reminder to us to like the lifestyles we now have. His tale additionally reminds us that dwelling mentally good takes time, persistence, labor, and aid. With those disciplines in position, these residing with even very tough diagnoses can in achieving greater lives for themselves and those that support to aid and take care of them.

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And, you know, it probably is—my thirst signals dehydration. My desire for water equals my physical need for it. I need water to survive and when I’m running—I need water to keep going! In that example, water is critical. Thirteen years ago when I was nineteen and I believed I had to die, jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge was like my need for water on a long run. This belief stemmed from the arduous battle with my brain and my battle with severe mental illness. I jumped when I heard voices in my head telling me that I must die, that I had no other option.

He wears fashionable and expensive tortoise shell prescription glasses. The man garners his specific style from San Francisco’s oldest and most upscale clothing places. His clothes and glasses remind me of Robert De Niro’s character in the movie The Good Shepherd, about the birth of the CIA. His character was classic and filled with strength, anger, and the right amount of gruff, just like my dad. In fact, if it weren’t for his blond hair now turning white, my father would resemble the mannerisms and expressions of the great De Niro and his many characters.

Once engaged, they will find that his voice and story represent much more: a true tale of the complex life factors that can culminate in a suicide attempt; a revealing glimpse of the mental state of someone in the moments just before and during a suicide attempt; an inspirational model of recovery and thriving; and a seasoned perspective gained from sharing his experiences widely with all those concerned with suicide prevention. ” —Thomas Joiner, PhD; author of Why People Die by Suicide “Kevin Hines is not ‘cured,’ he survives and thrives with chronic mental illness.

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