John Kevin Hines
A powerful, honest, and intimate presenter, Kevin Hines has been featured in the film The Bridge, on Larry King Live, 20/20, Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America, and many more national and international print, radio, film, and television media outlets. He has written articles about the prevention of suicide and America’s mental health in the Santa Barbara Independent, and the San Francisco Medical Magazine, and the Santa Barbara Daily Sound. He is in the progress of writing his Autobiography-”Chronicles of A Psychotic Mind”
Kevin has spoken to a quarter of a million people about his first-hand experience with suicidal thoughts and his eventual attempt to die by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of 29 to have survived. Less than a tenth of 2% do. He is the only survivor of this specific instance who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy and prevention of suicide among all groups around the country and the globe. Kevin’s will to live and stay mentally well inspires people of all ages to change their lives for the better. He also encourages both physicians and mental health clinicians to be more empathetic to their patients, and to, as he says “Put yourself in their shoes.”
Kevin speaks from the heart and is an empowering and life altering choice for September’s Suicide Prevention month, or day events, or any presentation involving prevention of suicide or creating a mentally healthy life. Kevin is a current example of a person who suffers from a very serious mental disorder and has become a very productive member of society. He believes he has found his calling and wants to be able to help those in need.
One of Kevin’s goals is to also reach out to our Nation’s Military service men and women and our Nation’s Veterans. He will be taking a cross country tour to visit many of America’s VA Centers and Hospitals. It means the world to him to reach out to those who have given so valiantly and courageously to this free land that we all inhabit.
He brings a message of hope, and a future lived mentally well. Even after being in the face of great mental, emotional, and even physical pain.
He gives a first-hand account of how he found mental wellness by executing a very strict routine of cognitive behavioral therapy, intake of prescribed medication, rigorous cardiovascular exercises, timed sleeping habits (which equates to a proper circadian rhythm), educating himself as to the latest news and treatment of his diagnosis, and he completes many other steps which he speaks openly about to achieve total wellness.