UPDATE: Due to an unforeseen emergency, Kevin Hines will not be able to present at the Rice Lake High School tonight and the event has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will advertise a rescheduled date when we have one. (per Community Connections to Prosperity).
BARRON COUNTY -- Suicide survivor and mental health advocate, Kevin Hines will be in Rice Lake on Tuesday, May 3 to discuss the importance of mental health.
Kevin Hines, who is from California, jumped off of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco more than 20 years ago in an attempt to end his life. Hines, who suffers from depression and bipolar disorder, is one of 34 people to survive the fall. He’s now a mental health activist, author, and filmmaker.
“I am one of 1% to survive that fall in the last 85 years, meaning that 99% of the people who have lept off of that bridge never again get to tell their stories because they’re gone,” Hines said. “Their families miss and mourn them every day, so the fact I got to live, that I got this second chance at life meant for me that I had to do something with that second chance.”
Tuesday’s event is hosted by Community Connections to Prosperity and sponsored by the Ed Saffert Suicide Prevention Foundation. It will be held at Rice Lake High School and is free and open to the community. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with community resource tables available. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m.