Cracked, Not Broken

Cracked, Not Broken

Surviving and Thriving After A Suicide Attempt

Book - 2013
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The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable structures to define a modern city. Yet, for author Kevin Hines the bridge is not merely a marker of a place or a time. Instead, the bridge marks the beginning of his remarkable story. At 19 years old, Kevin attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge - a distance which took four seconds to fall. Recently diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, Kevin had begun to hear voices telling him he had to die, and days before his attempt, he began to believe them. The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. His story chronicles the extraordinary will of the author to live mentally well in the face of his mental illness: bipolar disorder with psychotic features. With each mental breakdown, however, the author's desire to live mentally well-- and to be a mental health advocate-- pulls him from the depths of his condition. Kevin's story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder to us to love the life we have. His story also reminds us that living mentally well takes time, endurance, hard work, and support. With these disciplines in place, those living with even very difficult diagnoses can achieve better lives for themselves and those who help to support and care for them.
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., [2013]
ISBN: 9781442222403
Characteristics: xvi, 175 pages ; 23 cm


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Sep 13, 2018

This is a fantastic book. Kevin has an incredibly inspirational story to tell. He helps with the coping process of losing someone and helps guide you to what you should do if you've ever thought about suicide. He talks about how he still has struggles and gets the help he needs. I am so glad he fought so hard to live after he attempted to take his life. This has quickly become one of my new favorite books. I found myself looking forward to reading it and not wanting to stop.

May 23, 2018

Interesting look at bipolar disorder and suicidal ideations.

Jan 28, 2015

i loved reading this book, felt very inspired and emotional.


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