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Washington—It was foggy and overcast on Sept. 25th, 2000 in San Francisco. For 40 minutes, Kevin Hines, crying, paced back and forth on the Golden Gate Bridge high above the water, hoping that just one person would look at him and ask if something was wrong and could they help.
Then, he found a spot on the bridge from which he would jump. He catapulted himself into the water, immediately realizing he had made the worst mistake of his life; that he didn’t want to die.
But, Hines told attendees at a White House Dialogue on Men’s Health meeting on Jan. 8th, 2016, three miracles occurred that day.
First, a woman driving by saw him jump and called a friend in the Coast Guard. Soon after Hines surfaced after plunging into the water more than 70 feet deep below the surface, help arrived.
Second, as he was nearly drowned and broken from slamming into the water, a sea lion emerged beneath Hines, helping him stay on the surface until he could be rescued. And third, as he arrived at the hospital, a world-renowned neurosurgeon who just happened to stay an extra hour at work operated and fixed Hines’ broken back, preserving his ability to walk and run.
Today, Hines, who suffers from bipolar disorder, still contemplates suicide almost daily. But he has sought and received help and is now working on a new film, “Cracked, Not Broken.”
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“I am trying to get men from darkness to the light,” he told his White House audience.
Urologist Paul Turek, MD, who is director of the Turek Clinic in San Francisco and was a participant in the White House Dialogue, said Hines’ presentation was “riveting.” He is a classic example, said Dr. Turek, of men who need medical help but often do not find it.
“Four out of five suicides are male,” said Dr. Turek.