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**TRIGGER WARNING. This episode contains conversations about attempted suicide. If you are triggered or would like to talk to a confidential advocate, please dial the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. If you want to learn more about mental health and find possible resources, please visit this Ruderman Family Foundation link.
On September 24, 2000, 19-year-old Kevin Hines attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Miraculously, he survived the 220 ft jump thanks to a series of contributing factors. Today, Kevin is an award-winning mental health activist, a best-selling author, and a documentarian with an inspirational motto of “#BeHereTomorrow and every day after that”.
Join us for a special episode marking the upcoming World Mental Health Day as Kevin shares his remarkable story of hope, healing, and recovery.
Jay Ruderman: Hi, I’m Jay Ruderman and welcome to All About Change: a podcast, showcasing individuals who leverage the hardships that have been thrown at them to better other people’s lives.
This is all wrong. I say put mental health first because… I stand before you, not as an expert, but as a concerned citizen.
Jay Ruderman: In each episode, we bring you in depth and intimate conversations about activism, courage, and change. Today on our show, Kevin Hines.
Kevin Hines: Being on the walkway, the Golden Gate Bridge, a woman asked me to take her picture with her camera several times. I did and she walked away and it was at that moment, I thought nobody cared. And you see that was the furthest thing from the truth Jay.
Jay: The Frommer’s travel guide describes the Golden Gate Bridge as “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world, but the famous suspension bridge also has a darker side. It holds the tragic title of the ‘worlds most popular suicide site’. Since it opened in 1937, thousands of people have taken their own lives by jumping from the golden gate, Colliding with the chilly waters of the Pacific at an estimated 75 MPH. Only 5% survive the impact. Out of those, most die of drowning or hypothermia. But in incredible circumstances that we will get into shortly, Kevin Hines managed to survive.
Kevin is now a mental health activist and best-selling author who travels the world, recounting his tale. His captivating story is one I think you should listen to, not only because it involves compassionate sea lions (yup..) but because it is a story of hope, healing and recovery.
Jay: let’s start on the day that you thought was going to be the end of your life on the morning of September 24th, 2000.
Kevin Hines: that morning I believed I was useless. I felt I had no value and I thought I had to die. I thought that suicide was my only answer I was wrong, but I couldn’t see it. And it led me to a devastating place. I was in what’s what I term to be lethal, emotional pain. And that pain was so overwhelming. I wanted that pain to end. I always ask people, what is it that you want to happen when you find yourself in [00:02:00] excruciating physical pain? What do you want that pain to do? And the overwhelming answer is stop, go away or end. And that’s the same for brain pain. And that’s what led me to the golden gate bridge and the attempt to take my life.
I was living with severe bipolar disorder and I thought that that was my only option. And I wish I knew back then. What I know today that that was wrong.
Jay Ruderman: So just for those listeners who may not know what bipolar disorder is, can you just give us a few words of what it is and how it affected you?
Kevin Hines: Sure.
Jay Ruderman: How it does continue to affect you?
Kevin Hines: Absolutely. And it does, think of skyrocketing, manic, euphoric, natural highs, and then once you go up, you must come down. So coming crashing down into this dark abyss of depression and pain. That was sometimes is the norm for me. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, a brain imbalance where you have medic highs and depressive lows, but when you have psychotic features with bipolar disorder like me, or type one, you also have hallucinations, auditory and visual panic attacks, and paranoid delusions. And so I was dealing with all of this simultaneously before I went to the golden gate bridge to try to take my life. And it was just completely mind numbing.
Jay Ruderman: I grew up with the term of, someone committed suicide, but I think it’s accepted now to say someone died by suicide. Suicide is not something that you’re intentionally making a decision to do. It is sort of controlling you.
Kevin Hines: You’re compelled to take your life by voices in your head or, mental struggle or trauma. And the reality is, saying committed is like someone’s committing a crime or adultery or something. It’s just an old hat way of saying it. “Died by suicide” just like someone would die of any other organ diseased, is the right way to say it and language does matter. It does matter. We say “died by suicide” now because it’s a way to respect the person that passed and the people that have thought of attempting, and let them know that they’re not alone, that their survivorship matters and that they matter.
Jay Ruderman: If someone desperately needs help and they’re listening to this, there is a national suicide hotline. , 1 800 2 7 3 8 2 5 5. There’s another method that may be quicker that people can also reach out to if they’re in a place where they’re thinking about suicide.
Kevin Hines: Yes, you can text right now. C N Q R to 7 4 1 7 4 1. And that CNQR stands for something. It stands for “Courage to talk about your mental health.” N stands for “Normalized the conversation of it.” Q stands for “Ask the questions: Are you thinking of killing yourself? Have you made plans to take your life? And, do you have the means?”
Because that doesn’t put the thought in someone’s mind. It gives them permission to speak on their pain. And the pain shared is a pain halved. And R stands for “Recovery living proof.” And so CNQR to 7 4 1 7 4 1, the crisis text line. Someone will be with you in seconds and you will get the help you need to stay here. We’ve had active rescues from all around the country. And that CNQR keyword, is something we came up with, as part of our CNQR Collective.
Jay Ruderman: Tell me about the bus ride over there. You deliberately got on a bus, you wrote a suicide note to your family and loved ones. Tell me about the ride and what you were thinking at the time.
Kevin Hines: You know, It was on that bus that I became, what suicidologists, people that studied suicide prevention, call ambivalent. I desperately wanted to live, but I believed I had to die. And those are two categorically different things. On that bus ride.
I said to myself in my head, if one person says, “Hey kid, are you okay?” “Brother is something wrong?” Or, “how can I help you?” Or a variation of the three? I would have told them everything, begged them to save me. But instead of that bus, as I cried profusely to myself, as I yelled loud on a crowded bus, filled with people about my inner pain.
The only person to react aloud to me was a man to my left, who said to the fellow next to him, “What the hell is wrong with that kid?” With a smile on his face. Complete apathy. This is actually a very common, this if- then scenario with suicidal ideation or suicide attempts, if one person says, or does this, I will, if one person says, or does this, I won’t die today.
And my reaction was that if one person says, “Are you okay?” I would have told them everything and pleaded with them to save me.
Jay Ruderman: As a human being, living in our society and today’s age, I think people are just in their own worlds and they’re not really attuned to those around them. Especially people that need help. There’s sort of avoiding those types of conversations, which is unfortunate, but that’s something that you experienced and that was [00:09:00] something you were looking for. I even remember, an article where you talked about getting to the Golden Gate Bridge, and looking for people and walking up and down and looking for people to, stop you. But I guess you got to the point where no one really stopped and asked, “Are you okay?”
Kevin Hines: Yeah. Besides that, that bus being on the walkway, the golden gate bridge, a woman asked me to take her picture with her camera several times. I did and she walked away and it was at that moment, I thought nobody cared. And you see, that was the furthest thing from the truth, Jay. Everybody cares. Every member of my family, everyone of my friends, my acquaintances would have been there to tear me from that rail to safety because of how much they care. My brain was allowing me to care.
My brain was trying to kill me as I desperately tried to clean to life. it wasn’t a decision. It wasn’t like I decided to go take my life. Like I would decide to have this cup of tea. It was a compulsion. I felt I had to die. And that feeling is so overwhelming when it happens.
I wish I had the ability that day to tell my father that morning, what I was truly feeling. The one thing that’s come out of this, Jay that’s been positive is that today when I become suicidal, the first thing I do is tell anyone around me what’s going on so that they can help keep me safe.
And that’s, usually my wife now, sometimes it’s, my father and my friends. and we assess, is this an acute suicidal ideation? Is this something that I need to go to the hospital for? Or is this something where I just need to talk my way out until I feel better? And usually it’s the latter and I get to a safe place.
Jay Ruderman: So you’re on, you’re on the golden gate bridge. Your hands are on the rail. You vault yourself over the rail. What were your thoughts in that second millisecond? As soon as your hands left, the real.
Kevin Hines: In that millisecond. My thoughts were these, what have I just done? I don’t want to die. God, please save me. I had an instantaneous regret for my action and this 100% recognition. I just made the greatest mistake of my life. It was too late. And as I fell, I thought this is it. This is where I go. I hit the water. I shattered my T 12 L one L two lower vertebrae into shards like glass. I miss severing my spinal cord by two millimeters. I went down 70 feet below the water surface. I opened my eyes.
I swam toward the surface. I got closer and closer to lit circle of water above me. And I thought I’m not going to make it. And this is where I go. And that’s when, uh, I said to myself, Kevin, you can’t die here. If you die here, no one will ever know you didn’t want to. No one will ever know. You knew you made a mistake.[00:12:00]
I brought the service to the water, bottled up and down and I prayed God, please save me. I don’t want to die. I made a mistake on repeat and he heard me, uh, that, that at that moment, something began to circle beneath me something large and very slimy and very, very alive. And that you’ve gotta be kidding me. I didn’t die.
Jumped off the golden gate bridge and a shark is going to eat me, but it turned out it wasn’t a shark. It was in fact, a sea lion and it was keeping me afloat to the coast guard. Boat arrived behind me. Kosher boat arrived. The sea lion takes off. These officers pulled me onto a flat board, put me in a neck brace and start asking questions.
And that’s how my life was physically saved from the waters. And then in the hospital, one of the foremost back surgeons on the west coast, who wasn’t supposed to be there that day happened to stay, to do my surgery the first and only of its particular kind. He had meant it for me, saving me the ability to stand and walk and run. of the 39 Golden Gate Bridge jumps survivors.
And there was only 39, the last 85 years that bridge being opened, whereas nearly 3000 or higher people that died there, the highest point for suicide of the world of the 39 that have survived. Only five of us get to stand, walk and run. They call us the most exclusive survivors club in the world. There’s a book of the same name, about our story. So when I say I get to be here, I really do.
Jay Ruderman: And what is it about the Golden Gate Bridge? That, I mean, so many thousands of people have taken their lives there. Is it the height? Is it the accessibility? Why did you choose that location?
Kevin Hines: It’s not because it’s a beautiful view. It’s not because it’s a fantastic bridge. It’s because it’s easy. People choose the Golden Gate Bridge because of an ease of access to lethal means. It’s a four-foot rail. It’s simple. If you’re tall enough, you can fall over. And one of the things we’re doing right now that we fought for for the last 20 years is raising a net at the golden gate bridge.
My father founded the Bridge Rail Foundation in 2006. After the film, The Bridge came out We have legislatively fought for the nets to be put in place. And right now they’re being constructed. And as of 2023, when the nets are finished, not one more beautiful soul will ever again dive off the golden gate bridge and it will then become the largest and brightest speaking for suicide prevention all around.
Jay Ruderman: That’s beautiful. And thank you for your role in that. Your story is really miraculous. There are so many things that happened from you not hitting the water head-on, to be able to come to the surface to a sea lion, floating beneath you. And I know there’s been many stories of, sea mammals, helping humans in distress. but as I understand, you didn’t understand it was a sea lion at that time.
Kevin Hines: Yeah. I truly thought it was a shark. I was literally punching it, but it wouldn’t go away and it’s just bumping me up and no longer my wadding in the water, I’m lying on top and being kept, boyant it by this creature. Having it circle around underneath me I was on a television program a year later, promoting a suicide prevention campaign in San Francisco and a man named Morgan wrote into the show and said, Kevin, I’m so very glad you’re alive.
I was standing less than two feet away from you. And you jumped. It’s haunted me until today. By the way there was no shark like you mentioned on the show, but there was a sea lion that people above looking down lifted to be keeping your body of float into the coast guard, boat arrived behind you.
Jay Ruderman: Do you remember when you were picked up by the coast guard? Yes.
Kevin Hines: A woman who shall we go over the rail at the moment of my attempt had a car phone, not a cell phone, a car phone, and called her friend and the coast. And the reason the coast guard got to my position within the less than the time I would set hypothermia and drown was because of that woman’s phone call.
Jay Ruderman: And do you remember what that coast guard officer said to you?
Kevin Hines: Yes. There were several officers on the boat that pulled me out of the water and one of them said, “Kid, do you know what you just did?” And I said, “Yeah, I just took off the golden gate bridge.” I was fully conscious and aware and they [00:16:00] said, “Why?”
And I had no reasonable answer. I said, “I don’t know. I thought I had to die today.” And the officer leaned in and said, “Son, do you understand how many people we pull out of these waters that are already dead?” And I said, “No and I don’t want to know.” And he said, “I’m going to tell you anyway.” He said, “Young man, this unit alone has pulled out 26 dead bodies from these waters and one live one. You.”
Jay Ruderman: Do you consider yourself a religious person? Kevin?
Kevin Hines: I am a religious person. I’ve been a Catholic my whole life. The only time I lost my faith in God was when I left off that bridge but I found him on the way down.
Jay Ruderman: You must see everything that happened to you and your survival and becoming a spokesman for suicide prevention to have some sort of divine intervention in your life.
Kevin Hines: Personally, I feel I do have that. That’s my perogative I’ve always felt that way. I don’t push down on anybody. You know, there’s people that don’t believe that’s fine. All the things came into play to save my life. It wasn’t just one sequence that it was the woman’s phone call. It was the sea lion. It was the coast guard. It was the doctor at the hospital staying for as long as you did. Had all those miracles not occurred, my life would be a lot different or I wouldn’t exist.
Jay Ruderman: Can you tell me what it was like seeing your dad? I mean, he was the first person to show up at the hospital from your family.
Kevin Hines: It was so rough because my father is arguably the man that loves me the most in the entire world. And he was devastated. And this is a man who I’d never seen the man cried a tear drop from his eyes. Not at not, , not a visible struggle from his face. He and Debbie Hines adopted me and made me their son, he was just the toughest sob I ever knew like the drill Sergeant who was never in the military, that kind of guy, you know? and he walks into my room.
And I remember looking up at him and my bracing structure that was keeping me together. And he looked down at me. He goes, “Kevin, I’m sorry.” I said, “No, dad, I’m sorry.” And waterfalls just poured from his eyes. That was really difficult for both of us. Cause he wasn’t wanting to ever show emotion.
Jay Ruderman: I have four teenagers and we worry about them every single day. With social media and what’s out there in the internet and so much time, on their phones. I worry about my kids all the time. I’m sure there are many listeners who have relatives and they’re like, yeah, I’m just, I’m worried.
What do you do? There’s so much stigma around the issue of mental health. I mean, what’s your advice?
Kevin Hines: You need to be the type of parent that digs deep and asks the hard questions. You need to start off with, “Hey guys, you know, let’s all have a conversation at the dinner table, and let’s be honest about what we’re going through. First of all, have you guys dealt with any students at your school in your experience that have had suicidal ideation, have you, have you ever had thoughts of killing yourself yourselves.? Have you ever made plans to take your life? Do you have the means?” Ask those direct questions. They don’t put the thought in someone’s mind. They give them permission to speak on their pain. As I said before, a pain shared is a pain halved. The fact is that more people give truthful answers to the question – Are you thinking of killing yourself? The question, are you thinking of suicide because of the taboo on the word suicide. The crisis text line algorithm has determined that That language really does matter. Just like when we say died by suicide versus commit and, The reality is if you’re willing as a parent to have that open-ended conversation, with a lack of judgment afterwards, whatever the answer may be.
And with a lack of anger afterwards, rather the answer may be. And an understanding and an empathetic tone and kind eyes and saying, look, we care about you so much. We love you so much unconditionally. So, and we want to make sure you’re safe every day. And so many people around the world are taking their lives.
More young African American children, ages five and up are taking the lives in ever before in this country. It’s terrifying. We need to be able to ask our kids, no matter what age they are about these questions. So they’re aware of it. I was just in Massachusetts with my godchildren and one of them who’s 10, has a student in his class who’s currently suicidal and he doesn’t know what to do.
And so we talked about that and we had an open conversation and one of them, is six. And we had a conversation with her, about what this means It was terrifying to know that she understood what we were saying. So they’re capable. They’re intelligent. They are aware we have to have the conversation.
Jay Ruderman: But it’s often said that, the people that are considering suicide, that you never know , from what I have read and understood about you, that you grew up in a loving family. Did they have any inclination that this was going through your head?
Kevin Hines: No. To be fair, they didn’t know because I hid it from them. All the more reason parents need to ask the questions. Nobody taught Pat and Debbie Hines suicide prevention techniques.
No one taught Pat and Debbie Hines to ask the questions at a young age. About mental health and well being. So how could they know what to ask? I was in treatment. I was seeing a psychiatrist. I was on medications. They didn’t know the medications were toxifying in my system making me worse because I was on too many meds at one time, which is not indicative of psychiatry or the field of medicine. Psychiatry and the field of medicine has helped save my life for 20 years. But this particular regimen of pills was affecting me in a negative way. We didn’t learn that out to later, of course, after my attempt. But now we have the education. Now more people than ever before are talking about mental health.
It’s even on the Olympic stage. You’ve got olympic athletes and tennis players talking about their mental health. Michael Phelps talking about his mental health. We need to respect people who take a step back to take care of their mental health and wellbeing, because of their personal mental health struggles.
We call it stigma but the reality is we don’t call bigotry and hatred and prejudice stigma. We call it bigotry and hatred and prejudice. Let’s call what’s going on in those with mental illness.
Exactly what it is, marginalization and discrimination against them because of their brain pain. Let’s, let’s help them be vocal about their struggle and understand what they’re going through and empathize and lack in any judgment for them.
Jay Ruderman: So maybe you can get a little bit about your mental health process and how you went from , the aftermath of being, golden gate bridge to recovering. Being able to deal with on a day-to-day basis, your mental health.
Kevin Hines: Absolutely. And, the reality is, is that I live in recovery every single day. it really is a process. It’s something that I’m working on on a regular basis. It’s not something that comes necessarily easy. It’s something that I fight for. There are things people do. Those are some great resources that we have for folks. And I’d love to share them with your audience if that’s okay.
Jay Ruderman: Sure.
Kevin Hines: The youtube.com/kevinhines has 500 plus videos all designed to help your brain, mind, behavior, mental and physical health and wellbeing. They are dedicated to help helping people stay here. People from all around the world, right? To say that these videos saved their lives.
We don’t own that. We just put the message out there. We’re [00:26:00] conduits and the videos do the work they do. We have, a website called KevinHinesstory.com/resources. And this has the 10 step guide to better brain health. And you can train with that PowerPoint. And then there’s a a parent’s guide to teen suicide prevention, and then there’s a guide to the YouTube channel.
And what videos help what person with what mental struggle. So there’s three resources there. My new book, The Third Rail: [IN MY MANIA, I BECAME] and you can find that at the3rdrailbook.com and that’s the, and then the number three R D spelled out, and then that book is the story Of a man named Jesse Cohen and it’s written by Jesse Cohen and myself. , and Jesse Cohen was a Tulane law student in his twenties in the height of the organized crime era in the 1990s, in new Orleans. And he in his mania, became a vigilante. He was like, if you will like Batman, he would go on a black suit, black tie and black shirt, and he would stop crimes listening to [00:27:00] police scanners.
And he would, he was taught Krav Maga by a Vietnam war veteran. And he went out and he took criminals to task and then left them for the police. and he, in his mania, it just led him to do this, to be this wielder of justice. But the story is absolutely phenomenal. It’s a rollercoaster of a ride.
It’s a pretty intense book, but the message is clear. Stay alive from suicidal ideation and keep fighting the pain. Jesse tragically lost his life to depression and suicide. but he left this legacy with this book, um, and it’s, it’s already helped people stay alive. We’ve got messages from pro saying that this book saved their life.
And that was the purpose of writing the book and it’s written in Jesse’s first person. And it is powerful. it’s a message that is quite clear. So, those are our resources. We want them to help people stay here, want them to help people fight their pain and want them to help people recognize their true value. That suicide is never the answer.
Jay Ruderman: Let’s talk about when you [00:28:00] were, 17 and first diagnosed. And tell me about the resources you had at home and in school. And were they adequate at the time?
Kevin Hines: You know, being first diagnosed with bipolar disorder? There weren’t many resources, certainly not at school. There was a good counselor that I had at school, Mr. Marty Picacho and Mr. Uh, Vittorio, Anastasio. They were really helpful and kind to me. But there weren’t like places I could learn about my struggle. One of the things that happened later on is that I went to a family class at NAMI national and a mental illness with my father and we learned about depression together. And that was helpful. My psychiatrist was helpful, but he turned out to be on methamphetamines the entire time he treated me and his other patients. He needed help and he wasn’t getting it. And he would end up taking his life. years later, we wouldn’t learn about his struggles until five years after we started seeing him.
But my parents certainly didn’t have the resources that are out there today. And there are plentiful resources out there today. Every time you turn around, there’s a new mental health advocate popping up on Instagram or one of the social medias. but really you need to, do your research and carefully find out who are the leading authorities in mental health and wellbeing.
So that you get the best information possible and the best tools to fight your pain and to help your children or help your loved ones who are struggling.
Jay Ruderman: I have a personal question. I, and this is just something that I I’ve been dealing with for a while. I have a very good friend. He’s obviously going through some psychosis.
I’ve talked to him over and over again. Tried to get him help, try to offer to set up help for him. And he’s in a place now where he’s like, Nope, I’m fine. You know, but when you listen to him, what he’s saying does not make sense to, you know, um, he, he’s not talking like in reality. So how do you get through to a person like that?
Who says he’s obviously going through something, but completely denies that there’s something going on.
Kevin Hines: So for folks in denial, it’s a tricky situation. But one of the things that seems to work is this thing called the caring letters. You would be sent regular caring letters that said, Hey, thinking about you, wishing you, well, how are you feeling in treatment?
Is there anything you need from us? How can we help you? Um, these Kerry letters turned into, uh, caring letters and caring packages and the caring packages would be a whole bunch of things that the person loves in a package plus four or five different letters from four or five different people that love and care for this person. All of them, including five things, a sentence about compassion. Love for the person, lack of judgment, total empathy, all the signs, symptoms, and triggers and issues you were worried about with that person. And so all of those letters included those five things. And what it did was instead of going in one ear and out the other for the person, it ends up showing them rather than telling them they need help.
So showing someone you need help rather than telling them can be often, very much more effective than just speaking it. Um, and so this seems to be a very helpful tool for people in denial. And for those who love them.
Jay Ruderman: Let’s talk about schools today. are we doing a good enough job at de-stigmatizing mental health and providing the resources that people need?
Kevin Hines: Some high schools and colleges are doing a great job doing. And some are not. There’s a group of high school and college leaders that seem to think that,
if you talk about it, then it will get worse, which is not the case. If you talk about it, you will deduce who’s in trouble and you will get them to safety.
And some folks just don’t comprehend that but there are some schools around the country and around the world. That are really taking it a first step, and have been taking the first steps into acclimating their student population into the mental health foyer, basically saying we are going to cover this topic.
We are going to talk about it all year round, and we are going to help benefit your mental health on a regular basis by doing these activities. And they’re really making some great headway in keeping kids safe.
Jay Ruderman: Tell me a little bit about the work that you and your wife are doing with the Kevin Margaret Hines Foundation?
Kevin Hines: We’re raising funds to give scholarships to students and kids who want to be in the suicide prevention field. So we’re getting them into conferences and events so they can learn and educate themselves about how to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. We’re also, uh, raising funds, to give to kids who otherwise couldn’t afford a teletherapy so that they have free teletherapy. so they can get that and be given treatment and time and help for their mental wellbeing.
Jay Ruderman: So if someone doesn’t have , that readily available access to mental health counseling, that’s the direction that you’re going to send them in that, there are telemedicine, there are ways to connect to someone to talk about your mental health.
Kevin Hines: Yeah. So you don’t feel so alone and so siloed. So you feel like you have someone to fall back on and so you can tell your pain and your struggle to someone who genuinely cares about your wellbeing and your your future.
Jay Ruderman: So what’s the one piece of advice, um, that you would tell a person right now who was thinking about taking his or [00:34:00] her own life?
Kevin Hines: You know, what I would say to you is you need to be more kind to yourself, compassionate and forgiving of yourself. Uh, suicide is not the answer to your problem. It is the problem. You are a gift to this world. You are meant to be here into your natural end, uh, and you can fight this pain and you can survive it. Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional, it’s choice. If you recognize that if you call yourself a suffer, you’re becoming a victim of your own story.
But if you say you’re living with fighting and battling and thriving, despite of your diagnosis or struggle, you’d have become the hero of your own story fight to become that hero. Recognize your true value and that suicide does not have to be your answer. It is the problem.
Jay Ruderman: Thank you, Kevin. Uh, again, if this was triggering for anyone, I want to again, give the national suicide hotline. 1 800 2 7 3 8 2 5 5. And Kevin, you have a, you have a text, uh, where people can text.
Kevin Hines: Yes, text, C N Q R to 7 4 1 7 4 1 the crisis Textline. Courage to talk about your mental health, normalize the conversation, ask those questions: Are you thinking of killing yourself. Have you made plans to take your life? Do you have the means and R for recovery because I’m living proof.
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