On Monday, September 25, 2000, then nineteen-year-old Kevin Hines attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. That day, Hines, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder two years prior, became part of the 1% of people to survive the fall off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Since his suicide attempt, which he immediately regretted after his hands had let go of the railing, Hines has dedicated his life to suicide prevention and helping other people who battle mental illness. One of the projects he has been most passionate about is the erection of a safety net around the Golden Gate Bridge to protect people who jump off. Thanks to the efforts of Hines and other suicide prevention activists, the net is currently under construction and is expected to be complete in 2021.

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Suicide survivor & prevention activist Kevin Hines speaks at the 2019 American Psychological Association Convention, delivering a message about the importance of supporting people with mental illness.

Although Hines has come so far from that fateful September day, he acknowledges that the regret he experienced while jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge did not lead to instant recovery from his mental illness. Hines still deals with symptoms of bipolar disorder that include hopelessness, paranoia and hearing voices, but he now has a routine that minimizes his symptoms. When Hines is struggling with symptoms of bipolar, he turns to his strong support system, whom he calls his "personal protectors."

In addition to releasing a 2013 memoir, Hines produced the 2018 documentary “Suicide: The Ripple Effect,” which details his unbelievable survival story. The documentary cites research estimating that for a single suicide, an average of 115 people will be affected. The film shows some of the people in Hines’s life that were personally affected by his suicide attempt, including his father, sister and the Coast Guard officer who rescued him.

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