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“It was the first millisecond, the first moment of free fall. I knew it was the worst mistake I ever made.” -Kevin Hines

Kevin Hines, Brain Health Advocate & Storyteller

Kevin Hines is an award-winning global speaker, bestselling author, documentary filmmaker, and suicide prevention and mental health advocate who has reached millions with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live (www.kevinhinesstory.com). Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge.  He is one of only thirty-four (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy internationally.

Through his tireless advocacy and policy efforts of over ten years, Kevin has been a leading champion for constructing a suicide prevention net on the Golden Gate Bridge and was instrumental in success of the approved funding on June 2014.

In the summer of 2013, Kevin released his bestselling memoir titled Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt.

He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health.  Kevin has also been awarded by SAMSHA as a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner, an Achievement Winner by the US Veterans Affairs and is a recipient of several military Medals. 

Kevin sits on the boards of The International Bipolar Foundation, The Bridge Rail Foundation (BRF), The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s Consumer Survivors Sub-Committee and The Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF). Kevin has spoken and testified in congressional hearings alongside Patrick Kennedy in support of the Mental Health Parity Bill. He has been a powerful voice for the lived experience movement for over 15 years. 

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 conferences. Thousands have communicated to Hines that his story helped save their lives.

His story was featured in the 2006 critically-acclaimed film “The Bridge” by the film director and producer Eric Steel. He has been featured on CNN, Fox, Time Magazine, New York Times, NBC’s The Today Show, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC’s PrimeTime Live, BBC World, among several other international media outlets.

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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Inclement Weather Policy for support group and education classes:  If the school district in which the meeting is located is closed the meetings will be cancelled.

 

Due to inclement weather we will begin January 11th (instead of January 4th) at First Congregational Church Hudson  

Call 330-252-1188 to register

 

 

Was held on OCTOBER 21st

We reached our goal of $88,000.00 

 

 

We are adding a new support group for individuals living with a mental illness diagnosis. It will be held on the 4th Tuesday of every month beginning, November 28, 2017 at Community Support Services from 7PM to 8:30PM. This is in addition to NAMI Connection held weekly at Choices Social Center every Tuesday from 2:30-4 PM.  See the calendar, or Meetings and Schedules tab for more information.

 

Inclement Weather Policy for support group and education classes:  If the school district in which the meeting is located is closed the meetings will be cancelled.

 

change direction

NAMI Summit County is participating in Change Direction

Change Direction Summit County pledges to share the five signs of emotional suffering, along with information on how to get involved with changing the direction of mental health to over 50,000 citizens. Change Direction aims to place an emphasis on this largely undiscussed topic.

Through community outreach, social media, radio, and print advertising, as well as spreading the word through community, religious, and local government leaders, Change Direction Summit County aims to educate on mental health issue as well as connect those dealing with emotional suffering to the help they need and services available.

For more information go to http://www.admboard.org/ EVENTS

In The News: NAMI Summit County

November 14, 2017

Together we have raised $88,000.00 for NAMI Summit County Programming!

Special thanks to our Sponsors, Team Captains, Walkers and Volunteers!

The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation

Alkermes Pharmaceutical

Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Community Support Services

County of Summit ADM Board

Klein’s Pharmacy

Portage Path Behavioral Health

United Healthcare Community Plan & Optum Health

Akron Children’s

AxessPointe Community Health Center

Buckeye Health Plan

Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Blick Center

Child Guidance & Family Solutions

Ciccolini & Associates Co. LPA

Coleman Professional Services, Inc.

Fred and Penny Frese

GOJO Industries Inc

Greenleaf Family Center

Highland Springs Hospital

Minority Behavioral Health Group

Molina Healthcare

OhioGuidestone

Oriana House

Otsuka

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