DECATUR – Best-selling author and award-winning documentary filmmaker Kevin Hines will be the featured guest speaker at the Macon County Mental Health Board’s Focus on the Future event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 at the Mt. Zion Convention Center. The event is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend. To register, log on

In 2000, Hines attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He’s one of only 25 known people (less than two-percent) who’ve survived the fall. His story was featured in the 2006 film, “The Bridge,” by director and producer Eric Steel. Hines produced and directed the 2018 documentary “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” which chronicles the impact of his suicide attempt on others and his work as a mental health advocate since that time. He released his best-selling memoir, “Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt,” in 2013.

In 2016, Mental Health America awarded Hines its highest honor, the Clifford W. Beers Award, for his efforts to improve the lives of and attitudes toward people with mental illnesses. Previously, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health in partnership with Eli Lilly. Hines has also been awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner, an Achievement Winner by the U.S. Veterans Affairs, and received more than 30 U.S. military excellence medals as a civilian.

Focus On The Future is the Macon County Mental Health Board’s needs identification event, designed to identify and detail the unmet needs in Macon County related to three major disability groups: mental health/mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use.

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