This is an extremely powerful and awesome video. Please watch this video and listen to the words of Kevin Hines who survived his suicide attempt of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge…
He is an awesome speaker and I was very fortunate and blessed to have seen him speak in person. I got to meet him and speak to him. I had some art work exhibited at the event that he was speaking at. He even mentioned that one of his favorite pieces of artwork at the show was mine, most likely because it was titled. “I am not Broken,” and those words are partly in the title of his own book.
I bought his book which was fascinating, interesting, inspirational and well written. It is amazing that he survived his jump and is a true miracle. He was saved by God for sure. I read the book and finished reading it in one day. I wanted to read more. His story and book are full of the powerful messages of hope, perseverance, resiliency and recovery.
Here is a picture of the cover of his book, “Cracked, Not Broken – Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt” by Kevin Hines
I would highly recommend purchasing and reading this book. I loved it.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
I am a suicide attempt survivor, many times. Praise God, I am still alive today.
I overcame many obstacles and struggles throughout my life and I will continue to overcome with God by my side, helping me to continue to overcome the intense pain and sorrow I feel today.
My brain has been trying to kill me for 25 years and so far I have been winning. With my severe bipolar 1 disorder, PTSD and other mental illnesses and no medications I can take, my brain is broken and does not function correctly. My brain plants constant suicidal thoughts in my mind telling me that death by suicide is my only escape from the intense pain I live with every day. But, I continue to disobey my brain, when it keeps telling me it is time to die by suicide. I have not listened and I disobey my suicidal thoughts, so far.
My brain has been trying to kill me for 25 years, but God says no and continues to save my life.
We do not want sympathy. We want and need support, compassion, empathy, understanding, kindness, love and people to care and respect us.
We must make our voices heard very loud and strong about mental illness, mental illness stigma and suicide prevention. It is critical. It is crucial. Each life is priceless. It is important for all of us to do our part. We must prevent suicides and save lives.