Friday, March 7, 2014

Kevin Hines to Speak at NAMI Conference

NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania is pleased to welcome international speaker and suicide prevention advocate Kevin Hines to its 14th Annual Education Conference on Saturday, April 14 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.

Who is Kevin Hines?
In the year 2000, two years after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Kevin Hines tried to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He immediately regretted his decision and, remarkably, Kevin survived. Since then, Kevin has dedicated his life to living and staying mentally well and inspiring people of all ages to change their lives for the better. In his keynote presentation at our
14th Annual Education Conference, Kevin will discuss his experiences and feelings as a 19-year old on the brink of despair, and how parents, teachers, caregivers, professionals and other role models can connect with and help young adults who are coping with a serious mental illness. He will speak with gripping candor about surviving his suicide attempt and his journey through recovery, and how he has dedicated his life to helping others find the peace and hope that now fills his life.
About Kevin
Kevin has spoken to more than 300,000 people about his firsthand experience with suicidal thoughts and eventual attempted suicide in 2000 by jumping 220 feet from the Golden Gate Bridge. Kevin is a powerful, honest and intimate presenter and has been featured in the critically acclaimed film The Bridge, on Larry King Live, 20/20, Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America, and Ireland's famed Tonight with Vincent Brown. He has also been featured in hundreds of national and international print, radio, film and television media outlets. In 2012, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding work as a suicide prevention advocate and speaker. Kevin has written several articles about the prevention of suicide and mental health in America and in July 2013 published his memoir, Cracked...Not Broken, Surviving & Thriving After a Suicide Attempt.

Special thanks to Project Transition, a unique recovery-centered psychiatric rehabilitation program, who sponsored Kevin as the Keynote Speaker of our conference.
For more information about the conference, visit our website or call 412-366-3788.

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