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Every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world. Over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year and it is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds. There are indications that for each adult who died of suicide, there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide. Suicide is a complex, multifaceted biological, sociological, psychological, and societal problem with few resources for prevention. As a major international health problem, it is estimated that it will contribute more than 2% to the global burden of disease by 2020.

Our final keynote address at #CPNP2017 focuses on unravel the complexity of suicide by telling his own story. Kevin Hines is a mental health activist, award-winning international speaker, bestselling author, and documentary filmmaker who touches audiences with his story of an improbable survival. Two years after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-six, less than 1%, to survive the fall from the Golden Gate Bridge and the only survivor who is actively spreading his compelling story to live and stay mentally healthy.  

In 2016, Mental Health America awarded Kevin their highest honor, The Clifford W. Beers Award for his efforts to improve the lives of and attitudes toward people with mental illnesses. Previously, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health in partnership with Eli Lilly. Kevin has also been awarded by SAMSHA as a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner, an Achievement Winner by the US Veterans Affairs and received over 30 U.S. military excellence medals as a civilian.

You won’t want to miss this compelling hour with Kevin as he works to give you insight into suicide and how you as a healthcare professional can aid in prevention. To learn more about Kevin’s story, view videos and articles about Kevin’s message.

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