Kevin Hines is an award-winning mental health and suicide prevention activist, entrepreneur, multiple award-winning filmmaker, best-selling author, international educator and speaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live.
Kevin was 9 months old when he was adopted in San Francisco. He describes himself as “part black, part Jamaican and part Native American”. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at just 19, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four (less than 1%) to survive the fall and the only one to regain full physical mobility. He describes the moment his feet left the rails and instantly feeling regret. Many factors contributed to his miraculous survival including a sea lion which kept him afloat.
Today, Kevin dedicates his life to saving lives and encouraging others to seek help and spread empathy by spreading the message of hope and sharing his story. He is one of the most respected and admired voices of lived experience. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder for us to love the life we have.