Happy Friday Everyone!!!
While attending the Mental Health first aid training a few weeks ago, they mentioned a book written by Kevin Hines, “Cracked, Not Broken”. Kevin Hines is a survivor. He attempted to end his life by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge. After his amazing recovery he became a mental health advocate and a public speaker to share his story and hopefully prevent others from the fate he narrowly escaped.
Luckily, a coworker of mine loaned me a copy of his book and after reading it, I can see why it was encouraged by the training. He not only shares his experience of what led to his decision to jump, he also shares about his recovery following it. He isn’t afraid to talk about everything, the things that most people feel too shameful to share. It is important to him to share the story because he wants to help prevent others from making the same decision that he had attempted.
His story gave great insight with many personal details about the ongoing struggle people with mental illness face. Personally, I appreciated his story because I have known people who have Bi-polar disorder and it helps me to understand some of what they have to experience on a daily basis. It is important to remember that everyone experiences things differently; however, there are many similar symptoms when you look at specific disorders.
If you are interested in purchasing the book, “Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt”, you can find it here: Amazon.com
In 2014, Kevin Hines came to Hutchinson to talk about his experience. Several of the PILR staff attended, and I was fortunate enough to be one of them. His story is one that needed to be told, and I was very moved by it. Below is a picture of Kevin and the PILR staff after his presentation. I would strongly urge you to read his story. Check out the link above if you want to buy it, or go to your local library and see about checking it out. You will be glad you did.