Lecture and Book Signing with Author Kevin Hines
October Discussion and Signing with Kevin Hines
On October 17, 2013 the International Bipolar Foundation will have their free mental health lecture series and book signing with Author Kevin Hines on, "Cracked Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt.”
In his book, Kevin Hines produces a window, with which we can see into his experience with mental illness. Cracked Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt, is a moving portrait of his life, painted with internal conflict, aguish, acceptance, and his found passion as an international speaker and mental health advocate. Hines’ words are raw and often painful, laying out the stark reality of recurring psychosis.
His journey begins in a hotel room where 4-month-old Hines and his twin brother are laying, malnourished and abandoned. What follows is a chronicle of the events that brought Hines, at age 19, to the moment where he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, falling 220 feet before colliding with the frigid water of the San Francisco Bay. While he meant for his actions to culminate in his death, it evolved into the discovery of a passion, and a re-birth of purpose.
The ensuing process of healing involved much more than the mending of bones, and fading of bruises. Hines began a journey of reconciling his confliction towards mental health treatment, and allowing himself to grieve the life he will never have. The courage and determination he manifested following his suicide attempt were fuelled by the love and support of his family and friends.
Coming to terms with the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder with psychotic features, allowed Hines to begin the reconstruction of his identity. He undertook the difficult process of accepting his limitations and developing the tools needed to ask for help when his limitations have been reached. Hines will openly share that he continues to suffer from mental illness, yet he will never again attempt to take his own life.
Janssen R&D, LLC
3210 Merryfield Row San Diego, CA 92121
Doors open at 5:45 pm
Lecture begins promptly at 6:00 pm
R.S.V.P Required ajacobs@InternationalBipolarFoundation.org
Event and Parking are free