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Feb 24, 2010 2:54 PM by Carina Corral

Man who attempted suicide leads Journey of Hope forum in San Luis Obispo

A man who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge and lived to tell the story is the keynote speaker at the Mental Wellness Forum being held in San Luis Obispo later this week.

At 19-years-old, Kevin Hines became just one of 29 people to survive an attempted suicide jump off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Now, he shares his story all over the country, hoping to spark hope in people who feel lost.

In a previous interview with KSBY News, Hines said, "I hope that some of them with mental health issues who haven't come out about it realize that it's okay not to be okay, it's not okay to not get help... The feelings of suicide are temporary. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem."

The mental wellness forum, hosted by the Peer Advisory & Advocacy Team and Family Services of Transitions-Mental Health Association, is Friday, February 26, at the Government Center in San Luis Obispo, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

It is free and open to the public.

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