‘The Art of Wellness’

Man Who Survived Jump Off Golden Gate Bridge Shares his Story to Promote Mental Health

The Art of Wellness

Kevin Hines is one of the few people to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif., and survive the suicide attempt. Hines will describe what led him to consider taking his own life and discuss “The Art of Wellness” in a program on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at Gardner-Webb University. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Paul Porter Arena at Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center.

In the 18 years since his survival, Hines has shared his story all over the world to students, clergy, military, clinicians, health and medical professionals, law enforcement and business leaders. He’s also written a book about his struggle with bipolar disorder, “Cracked Not Broken,” and produced a documentary, “Suicide: The Ripple Effect.”

“My goal is to try to instill hope in at least one individual,” Hines shared, “so that one individual says, ‘Maybe I can stay here, maybe there are tools to fight this.’”

Hines’ appearance at Gardner-Webb is co-sponsored by GWU Student Activities, Cleveland County (N.C.) Schools, Ollie Harris Behavioral Health Center in Shelby, N.C., and The Cleveland County (N.C.) Child Mental Health Collaborative.

The goal of the program is to open lines of communication on mental health topics. “It is important to create a safe environment for people to seek help,” offered Cindy Wallace, GWU director of the Counseling Center. “Our desire is to create an atmosphere in our community of support and understanding.”

Hines’ visit coincides with National Depression Screening Day, hosted by Gardner-Webb Counseling Center, and offered to faculty, staff and students on Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Faith Hall of Tucker Student Center.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704-406-4270 or email servicerequests@gardner-webb.edu with your request.

Learn more about the GWU Counseling Center