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San Francisco

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Speaker Bio

Kevin Hines is a storyteller at heart. He is a best selling author, global public speaker, and award winning documentary filmmaker.


In the Year 2000, Kevin attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Many factors contributed to his miraculous survival including a sea lion which kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived. Kevin now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing, and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of wellness & the ability to survive pain with true resilience.


Currently, Kevin is in pre-production of his new Docu Series The Journey, and is working on a comic book version of his life in cosmic & supernatural form called Hope Dealers. His fight has been long and arduous, but he is determined to remain committed to life until its natural end.


His motto: #BeHereTomorrow and every day after that.  He is one of only thirty-six (less than 1%) to survive the fall from the Golden Gate Bridge.


Kevin sits on the boards of the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), the Bridge Rail Foundation (BRF) and the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF) and on the Survivors Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


Previously, he was a board member of the Northern California Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and was a two-term member of San Francisco’s Mental Health Board. He has spoken in congressional hearings alongside Patrick Kennedy in support of The Mental Health Parity Bill. He continues his policy work as an Ambassador to the National Council for Behavioral Health.


In the summer of 2013, Kevin released his bestselling memoir titled Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving After A Suicide Attempt. He is currently producing a documentary entitled Suicide: The Ripple Effect.


Kevin’s will to live and stay mentally well has inspired people worldwide. His compelling story has touched diverse, global audiences within colleges and universities, high schools, corporations, clergy, military, clinicians, health and medical communities, law enforcement organizations, and various industries. Thousands have communicated to Hines that his story helped save their lives. He has reached millions with his story.


His story was featured in the 2006 film The Bridge by the film director and producer Eric Steel.


Kevin believes in the power of the human spirit and in the fact that you can find the ability to live mentally well. His mantra: “Life is a gift, that is why they call it the present. Cherish it always.”

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  • Megan Kovacich
    06/28/2022 at 2:05 pm

    I just wanted to send you and Kevin a HUGE THANK YOU for all that you did to make our event successful last Thursday. Kevin’s story is so touching and the reason why ONE Health Ohio has made behavioral health an integral part of our healthcare delivery model. Everyone was touched by his remarkable story and I am so honored he was a part of our special celebration! THANK YOU for all that you both do to spread Kevin’s message around the globe and the efforts you make to change lives through his story.

    Megan Kovacich
    Director / ONE Health Ohio

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  • Captain Aaron Werbel, PhD
    06/07/2022 at 2:04 pm

    “I hope that you are aware of how much you have influenced my work. I tell your story quite often and even when I don’t…you are more often than not on my mind. You are saving lives, my friend, but even more than you know because you are influencing others out there who are saving lives too. In the military vernacular, you are a true force multiplier.

    Thank you for being you my friend.”

    Captain Aaron Werbel, PhD
    Medical Services Corps, United States Navy

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  • Thomas Shank
    04/21/2022 at 2:00 pm

    “The time you gave sharing your experience and highlighting the importance of caring for your fellow Airmen was courageous, impactful and life changing. Team XL is inspired by your journey and will continue to work hard at building and cultivating relationships that promote wellness (mental, social, physical and spiritual fitness) and support in times of life’s victories and defeats”

    Thomas B Shank
    Colonel / USAF 47th Flying Training Wing

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  • Dr F.M Bruno
    02/26/2022 at 2:00 pm

    “Enthralling! Your program gave us new insight which we can bring back to our jobs and use when dealing with students. Highlight of our conference.”

    Dr F.M Bruno
    Director of Pupil Services / William Penn School District

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  • Beth A. Stroul, M.Ed.
    02/12/2022 at 2:04 pm

    Kevin Hines had such a powerful impact on our attendees and I received so much feedback about how incredible his presentation was. You’re an incredible person, Kevin.

    Beth A. Stroul, M.Ed.
    President / Management & Training Innovations In Association – Georgetown Institutes

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  • E. Cracco, PhD
    01/09/2022 at 1:59 pm

    “Students found his presentation moving and important…Kevin is warm, personable, humble and willing to spend time with students who are struggling or know someone who is.”

    E. Cracco, PhD
    Counseling and Mental Health Services / Univ. of Connecticut

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  • E. Poniewaz
    11/06/2021 at 1:59 pm

    “The presentation was AMAZING, nothing short of enlightening!…”

    E. Poniewaz
    Behavioral Health Services / Mercy Hospital, Festus, MO

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  • Rebecca Textor
    09/12/2021 at 2:00 pm

    “Kevin Hines was awesome, relevant and top-notch. He captured everyone’s attention! I cannot say thank you enough… what a lovely, inspiring, encouraging event that brought hope!”

    Rebecca Textor
    Regional Suicide Prevention Coordinator / Staunton, VA

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  • WeSpeak Global
    06/28/2021 at 2:00 pm

    “Kevin is an excellent public speaker who is able to immediately connect with audiences of youth and adults. Kevin is honest, courageous and not shy to challenge members of the audience to become allies of people living with mental illness. He has an uncanny ability to speak both to people who profoundly understand mental illness (because they are living with it or love someone who does) and to people who know very little about mental illness.

    I believe, with my whole heart, that Kevin’s message saves lives.”

    Wende Nichols-Julien – J.D
    Executive Director / The California Conference for Equality & Justice

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