Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide by Kevin Hines

By Kevin Hines

The Golden Gate Bridge is likely one of the such a lot recognizable buildings to outline a latest urban. but, for writer Kevin Hines the bridge isn't really in simple terms a marker of a spot or a time. in its place, the bridge marks the start of his notable tale. At 19 years outdated, Kevin tried to take his personal existence by way of leaping off the Golden Gate Bridge - a distance which took 4 seconds to fall. lately clinically determined with bi-polar illness, Kevin had began to listen to voices telling him he needed to die, and days ahead of his try, he started to think them.

The fall could holiday his physique, yet no longer his spirit. His tale chronicles the intense will of the writer to dwell mentally good within the face of his psychological disorder: bipolar disease with psychotic gains. With each one psychological breakdown, even if, the author’s wish to dwell mentally well-- and to be a psychological wellbeing and fitness advocate-- pulls him from the depths of his . Kevin’s tale is a notable testomony to the energy of the human spirit and a reminder to us to like the existence now we have. His tale additionally reminds us that residing mentally good takes time, persistence, exertions, and help. With those disciplines in position, these residing with even very tricky diagnoses can in achieving greater lives for themselves and people who aid to help and take care of them.

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Again, my brother started screaming. His voice gave way to a cough and it was my turn to cry; I was hungry, tired, and scared. Only this time, the hotel manager finally called the San Francisco Police Department. The hotel where we spent the first months of our lives was the sort of place where renters paid for rooms by the hour. These rooms were for those whose only alternative was the streets. And that’s where my parents were when the cops entered to find me and my brother, both of us scrawny and malnourished.

A special thank you to you all. To my friends and colleagues Dan Reidenberg, Commander Aaron Werbel, Eve Myer, the Great Eric Steel, Helynna Brooke, Bob Gebbia, Muffy Walker, Author and friend Scott Hutchins, Dr. John Draper, – and so many more, thank you for all the direction you have given me and for the amazing work that you do in our field. Finally, to everyone in my life who made a tiny, small, medium or giant impact—you know who you are. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Introduction The view from the Golden Gate Bridge is, and always has been, spectacular.

It is, in the end, our most incredibly powerful and awesome organ. What happens, however, when the mind loses control? What happens when its chemicals are out of balance? What happens when electrical impulses and wires (nerves) cross? This is what happens to the brain of those living with mental illnesses (more accurately, “brain illnesses”). The brain does not function as it should; life is out of control. The brain alters our bodies; thoughts are distorted, emotions are unregulated, and behaviors we once thought could never occur happen.

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