Suicide attempt survivor speaks at St. John Fisher University about seeking help

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. — St. John Fisher and Nazareth University students got to hear from an inspirational speaker.

Kevin Hines was only 19-years-old when he attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He immediately regretted his decision.

Hines is one of only 39 people out of an estimated 1,700 to have survived after jumping from that bridge. Now, he’s been given a second chance at life and hopes that his emotional story can inspire others who are struggling to get help.

“So, I look at life like I get to be here. It’s a gift that I get to exist,” Hines said. “And since my attempt, I made a cognitive decision to try to help other people stay who are thinking those kinds of thoughts.”

Hines spoke at Fisher’s Cleary Family Auditorium. His message is a powerful one. Get treatment, work toward healing, and life is worth the fight.