Author and Speaker to Discuss His Battles with Bipolar Disorder in SUNY Orange’s Orange Hall Theatre

PHOTO: Kevin HinesMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Nationally renowned speaker and author Kevin Hines will be “Celebrating Mental Wellness” during a presentation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16 in Orange Theatre on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange.

Author of his recently released memoir “Cracked, Not Broken,” Hines suffers from bipolar disorder and in 2000 he survived a suicide attempt during with he jumped from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. It is Hines’ life work to reach out to all communities to discuss his battles and to help those suffering find help and commit to an effective treatment plan.

On his web site, Hines writes “It is possible to live well with a serious mental health issue. It takes a great deal of hard work and dedication. But first and foremost, it takes complete acceptance of your particular mental health condition, to finally live mentally well. ... I want to help give everyone the ability to find hope for their future.”

“Kevin Hines was one of the most authentic, effective and memorable speakers I have had the honor to present in the over 30 years I have worked in Student Activities,” says Bruce Berkowitz, associated students program coordinator at Sonoma State University. “He had an overflow crowd of students totally engaged and truly listening to what he had to say. There is no question that he touched everyone in attendance that night and more importantly he allowed people to open up and tell their stories and be heard. I would not be surprised if Kevin’s presentation did not change many lives that night and perhaps save some as well.”

Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the College’s Wellness Center and the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Grant For Suicide Prevention. For more information, call the Wellness Center or Sean Gerow at (845) 341-4870.

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