Hannibal-LaGrange University Hosts Suicide Awareness and Prevention Sessions with Kevin Hines

Kevin Hines is a mental health advocate, global speaker, best-selling author, documentary filmmaker and entrepreneur who reaches audiences around the world with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live.

Two years after Hines was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 19, he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Hines is one of only 34 — less than one percent — to survive the fall, and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading his message around the globe about living mentally healthy.

Event coordinators are tri-state residents, Amanda Hays and Jessica Baker, who are committed to providing insight and assistance about suicide awareness and prevention. Hays was diagnosed with severe postpartum depression which led her to plan her own suicide. She went through treatment and therapy to overcome those struggles.

Hays’ goal is to use her story to help others in the area with similar suicide tendencies. “I don’t think there’s any person anywhere that isn’t somehow effected by mental health or suicide. We have to realize these are life and death situations,” Hays said. Jessica Baker with Preferred Family Healthcare said she hopes this event helps people in the community ask for help when they need it.

Kevin Hines shares his story of hope and celebration of life Monday, October 28, in the Roland Fine Arts Center on the campus of Hannibal-LaGrange University, 2800 Palmyra Road, Hannibal.

There are three free sessions:

  • 9am – Noon
  • 1:30pm – 4:30pm (this session is full/registration is closed)
  • 6 – 9pm

Seating is limited. Register at https://jbaker2019.wufoo.com/forms/z1y7h8ky1s2rvmg/

Visit www.kevinhinesstory.com/ for more information about Kevin.


Jessica Baker