EASTON — Channel Marker will present storyteller, best selling author, global public speaker and award winning documentary filmmaker Kevin Hines on Thursday, Sept. 19, at The Todds Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College.
At 19 years old, Hines miraculously survived a suicide attempt when he jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge in September 2001. In four seconds, he fell 25 stories at 75 mph.
“The millisecond my hands left the rail, it was an instant regret,” Hines said. He has endured extreme paranoia, mania, psychosis, hallucinations and bipolar disorder. Through dedication, hard work and adherence to a treatment plan set by his doctors and clinicians, Hines has learned how to live mentally well. Now he shares his story worldwide to help others do the same.
Currently, Kevin is in pre-production of his new Docu Series The Journey, and is working on a comic book version of his life in cosmic & supernatural form called Hope Dealers.
He has also produced a documentary, “Suicide: The Ripple Effect,” and authored a memoir, “Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt.”
“His story is just really powerful and positive,” said Debbye Jackson, Channel Marker executive director. “Channel Marker really wanted to get him here to speak to the local community about the epidemic of suicide.”
Hines’ talk is fitting as September is also National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. His motto is “#BeHereTomorrow and everyday after that.
Suicide prevention education for professionals will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The first 125 registered social work CEUs are free. General CEUs will also be offered and will cost $10 at check-in.
From 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hines will share his story with the public. Both events are free.
In 2016, Mental Health America awarded Hines their highest honor, The Clifford W. Beers Award for his efforts to improve the lives of and attitudes toward people with mental illnesses. Previously, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health in partnership with Eli Lilly. He 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, according to kevinhinesstory.com.
Hines 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.
Previously, he was a board member of the Northern California Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and was a two-term member of San Francisco’s Mental Health Board. 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.
Founded in 1982, Channel Marker provides mental health and wellness support for adults and youth with severe mental illness in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot counties.
Through a wide range of on-site, residential and community based services specifically tailored to the needs of each client, more than 55 clinical and mental health services staff serve an average of 400 clients each year. Funding for the work primarily comes from Medicaid with support from generous members of the community, the State of Maryland, and private foundations.
For more information, contact Channel Marker Inc. at 410-822-4619.