The Art of Living Mentally Well
Kevin Hines is a mental health advocate, speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who has a story of an unlikely survival and a strong will to live. 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 34 to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. Today, he dedicates his life to saving lives by spreading the message of hope and sharing his art of living mentally well. During this session, Hines will share his 10 steps for 'living mentally well.' He will discuss clinical studies that prove why these steps are important to maintain wellness for everyone, not just those with a diagnosed mental illness. In addition, he will share his experience as a patient/consumer being escorted to a treatment facility for a 5150 (involuntary psychiatric hold) in the back of a San Francisco Police Department car. Hines' story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit.