August 20th, 2012

“The very second I let go, I knew I had made a big mistake.”

In 2000, at 19 years old, Kevin Hines made his way to the Golden Gate Bridge, where he wept for a long time before jumping. He is one of a few dozen people who have survived the 220-foot jump from the span.

“Against the odds, I was alive, so I knew I had to make a difference for others,” said Hines. He now works with The Bridge Rail Foundation in its effort to install a net under the bridge and speaks out about suicide prevention.

Read more about Hines’ story in our latest Change Agents profile.

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