Mental health advocate and bestselling author Kevin Hines to present Carleton convocation

February 3, 2017

Bestselling author and mental health advocate Kevin Hines will present the Carleton convocation on Friday, Feb. 10 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Titled "Cracked Not Broken," his presentation will share his remarkable story chronicling his own suicide attempt and subsequent road to recovery.

Carleton convocations are free and open to the public. They are also recorded and archived for online viewing at

In September 2000 at the age of 19, Hines, who suffers from a bipolar disorder, attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only 26 people, less than one percent, to survive the fall, and is the only current survivor actively advocating for mental health awareness around the world.

Now a well-known mental health advocate, Hines shares his experience in his bestselling memoir, “Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt” (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013), a vivid and moving tale of how he descended into mental breakdown, fought to overcome his demons with the help of family and medical experts, and has since made it his “life’s work to educate people all over this great country, and around the globe, to prevent suicide and understand mental illness.” In the book, Hines harrowingly describes his extreme paranoia, deep depressions, manic highs, hallucinations, and panic attacks. But he delivers a heartfelt message to other people who have undergone—or are undergoing—similar mental-health problems (Publishers Weekly).

Hines believes in the power of the human spirit and the enduring fact that anyone can find the ability to live mentally well. In addition to sharing his story with audiences around the globe, he is currently producing a documentary entitled Suicide: The Ripple Effect. Hines has been featured in countless publications including Time, Newsweek, People, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post and more.

Hines is the recipient of several national awards and honors in recognition of his efforts. In 2016, Mental Health America awarded Hines the Clifford W. Beers Award for his efforts to improve the attitudes surrounding and lives of people with mental illnesses. He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health. For his work with veterans and the US Veterans' Affairs Hines has received over 30 US military excellence medals as a civilian, including being a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Convocations Committee. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located on First and College Streets in Northfield.