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Cracked, Not Broken - Kevin Hines

EMU Today | Friday, March 10: Kevin Hines, the survivor of a suicide attempt off of the Golden Gate Bridge in 2000, will share his story and his journey supporting emotional well being at Eastern Michigan University on Monday, March 13. The event, which is sponsored by Eastern’s Office of Student Well-Being and the Athletics Department, features two presentations – at 7 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Admission is open to all and there is no cost to attend.

Kevin HinesKevin Hines is one of only a few of the 2,000 people who have attempted suicide from the Golden Gate Bridge to survive. In the 17 years since his nearly fatal try, Hines indicates he has become a bridge between the many mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, spouses, friends, and loved ones who made similar acts. Hines also states that in sharing his story, he is fostering a critical bridge of hope between life and death for people caught in the pain of living with serious mental illness, difficult life circumstances, and more.

Mental Health Week, November 14–17, 2016

Monday, November 14: “Mental Fitness: Living Life on the Offense.” Stigma and Fear End Now (SAFE Now) hosted two guest’s speakers, former Detroit Lions Quarterback, Eric Hipple, and his daughter, Tarah Hipple, a current EMU student. “Mental Fitness: Living Life on the Offense” is Eric and Tarah’s story of how they overcome tragedy and loss.

Tuesday, November 15: “Send Silence Packing.” Send Silence Packing is a display of backpacks with biographies of college students who have died by suicide, hosted by our EMU Student Organization Active Minds.

Wednesday, November 16: "Success in College: Focus on the Mind and Body.” Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provided students with information on common mental health concerns seen in college students, identifying signs of stress, and how students can manage stress through self-care.

Thursday, November 17: “Black Mental Health Matters.” Three EMU students sat as panelists to talk about their personal, emotional experiences with mental illness and how being a part of the black community affected that experience. They offer advice and support, and challenge the stigma that exists around mental illness within the black community.

Send Silence Packing

September 21, 2015:"Send Silence Packing, a nationally recognized educational exhibit of 1,100 backpacks that represent the number of college students nationally who die by suicide every year, will be at Eastern Michigan University Sept. 21.

"...the outdoor exhibit sheds light on college suicides and encourages a healthy dialogue about mental health. The backpacks were donated in memory of loved ones who have died by suicide. Personal stories and testimonies written by family and friends accompany the backpacks to give a face to the lives lost. Literature on mental health, suicide prevention and where to seek help will also be available."

Click here for the full press release.

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MI Healthy Mind TV Show Highlights EMU's Suicide Prevention Efforts

November 22, 2015: "[Project Coordinators Ellen] Gold and [Lisa] Lauterbach will share how this grant is enabling EMU to help prevent suicides,eliminate stigma related to mental illness, and promote help-seeking behaviors among students. They will also talk about a variety of activities and programs on campus and in the community to build awareness about suicide prevention, along with associated risk factors and behaviors."

Click here for the full press release.


SAFE Now and the Athletic Department are teaming up to bring Ross Szabo, a mental health speaker to campus. The event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the Student Center Ballroom with presentations from 7–8 p.m. and 8:30–9:30 p.m.

Ross' talk on "Mixed Drinks, Mixed Emotions" will cover mental health and substance abuse. SAFE Now will provide LBC credit as well as mental health resources at the event. Click the image below for a downloadable pdf flyer:

Szabo Event Flyer