A&M-Commerce welcomes Kevin Hines as the 2018 Mental Health Matters Day Keynote speaker, for his presentation Cracked, Not Broken, on April 2 at 2 p.m. in Ferguson Auditorium.
In 2000, two years after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Hines attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. In the 20 years since his diagnosis, Hines has been a mental health advocate, receiving numerous accolades for his work. Hines has also produced a documentary and released two bestselling books aimed at suicide prevention. He sits on several boards including the Survivors Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, in addition to his policy work as an Ambassador to the National Council for Behavioral Health.
“We’re excited to have Kevin as our keynote to help challenge the stigma of mental health help-seeking,” said Dr. Nick Patras, Director of the university’s Counseling Center.
In addition to the keynote, workshops will be offered throughout the day to educate the community about mental health resources available on campus. They are Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR); Exercise as Mental Medicine and Faith and Mental Health. You may register at https://goo.gl/uo1oKE for the workshops.
The event is sponsored by the Counseling Center, Campus Recreation, Office of the President, Lion Athletics, and Student Disability Resources and Services.
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this free event. The first 300 students will be given a free t-shirt and copy of Hines’ bestselling memoir, Cracked, Not Broken.