Mental Health Awareness: Suicide survivor shares personal story

Mental Health Awareness: Suicide survivor shares personal story

Students at East High School learned about mental health and wellness by a man who knows the struggles firsthand.

Kevin Hines, an advocate and champion for mental health awareness and education, shared his personal story of survival after he attempted suicide by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hines who has bipolar disorder, works with schools to break the stigma of mental health.

Kevin Hines said, "I hope the students take away today is that today and their pain is not tomorrow. Just because they're in a world of hurt right now it doesn't mean that if they work hard and fight for their mental well-being, they don't get to have that beautiful day, that beautiful tomorrow. Which I believe they all will have, but like I said, nothing good ever came without hard work."

Hines took time to speak with students individually, hearing their own stories and struggles that they face every day.

Eddie Voloshen, an 11th grade student, stated, "It just really reiterated the fact that we need to talk about mental health and it's very serious. A lot of people might take it for granted and take this opportunity for granted but it very well could affect them sooner or later, it's going to happen to everyone; it's going to be in everyone's lives."

If you are struggling and looking for help, you can text the Conquer Your Pain Hotline; just text the letters "CNQR" to 741-74 or call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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