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Suicide survivor to bring message of hope to Wingate

by Luanne Williams

One in five college students has considered suicide, according to survey results announced this week by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Among more than 67,000 students surveyed, 1 in 4 said they had been diagnosed with or treated for a mental health problem. Nine percent had attempted to take their own lives.

The numbers are likely no surprise to Kevin Hines. Now 37, Hines was 19 when he performed what he thought would be his final act, leaping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Instead, he became one of the less than 1 percent to survive the fall. In the 18 years since, he has made it his mission to prevent others from going down the same path toward self-harm. Hines will bring his message to Wingate University on Sunday, Sept. 30, with the airing of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect.”

“This film shows my journey to better understand the effects of my suicide attempt on my family, friends and the first responders who saved my life,” Hines says in a press release about the feature-length documentary. “My hope is the film will get people talking so those struggling can find ways to connect and heal.”

After the viewing, Hines will address the audience and explain why everyone deserves to #BeHereTomorrow.

Admission is free but registration is required by Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by Atrium Health, the Union County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the University.

“Suicide: The Ripple Effect” will begin at 4 p.m. in Austin Auditorium. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Parking near the Batte Center will be priority with overflow available anywhere on campus. No parking permits are required.

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