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Golden Gate Bridge Jump Survivor Fights Suicide in NH

October 29, 2007

Keene, NH – In less than the four seconds it took him to fall from the Golden Gate Bridge in 2000, suicide attempt survivor John Kevin Hines decided it was a bad idea.

"After I left that rail, the second I hit freefall, I said 'I don’t want to die.' I was shocked into a reality that I never imagined. And I thought, 'It's too late, in four seconds I'm going to be dead.' But it didn’t quite happen like that."

Hines believes that, with therapy and treatment, one can recover from the mental disorders that drive many people to suicide or, in his case, an attempt he regretted as soon as he stepped off the bridge. He says the prospect of a lifetime of recovery delays many sufferers from seeking medical aid, but once they do, the help -- truly helps.

"It was an eight-year battle because I was in denial. People just don't want to believe that they're going to live with this disorder the rest of their lives, but once you understand it and work with your treatment, you'll get better."

Hines is one of only 26 people known to have survived the 220-foot jump from the bridge. He'll be speaking in Keene and Concord on Thursday and providing the keynote address at the annual "Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly Conference" in Bedford on Friday.

John Robinson, Public News Service - NH