Mental health advocate Kevin Hines to speak at UWF

Kevin-Hines-photo-Cracked-Not-BrokenEmily Doyle

Staff Writer

The University of West Florida is set to host keynote speaker Kevin Hines, who will tell his story “Cracked, Not Broken – The Kevin Hines Story” at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Commons Auditorium.

At age 19, Hines was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Two years later, he attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.

When Hines returned to good health after being mentally and physically damaged from the jump, he devoted his life to spreading the message of living “mentally well.” He has spoken to high schools, colleges, military, health communities and law enforcement agencies hoping to inspire people with his story.

“After watching him present at a conference last spring, I felt greatly inspired and wanted to provide that experience for our faculty, staff and students,” April Glenn said, a licensed mental health counselor with UWF Counseling and Psychological Services in a news release. (Taken from UWF news release issued Nov. 5.)

“Cracked, Not Broken” is being partially funded by the UWF John Byler Nuckols Memorial Fund. Byler is a former anthropology student at UWF who committed suicide in October 2010 during his senior year. The fund has raised money for suicide prevention and awareness.

If you or someone you know is in need of help, visit the UWF Counseling and Psychological Services website for information on suicide prevention and support. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 through the phone line 1-800-273-8255 or through their website.