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Suicide Prevention: “Stories of Hope & Healing” Community Education

April 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This is a FREE public event made possible by proceeds from the September 2017 SAVE Walk for Life – Hutchinson.

Join us for an inspiring educational evening featuring internationally known dynamic keynote speakers, Kevin Hines and Dick Beardsley. Meeker, McLeod & Sibley County Community Health Services will give a brief presentation about resources and services in our area. There will also be resource tables from area mental health & behavioral health agencies and businesses.

The presenters use safe and responsible messaging, therefore this event is appropriate for children in 4th grade (with parents present) and older.

These speakers will also be featured the next day, April 9th, at the Continuing Education event “Suicide & Mental Health Awareness Conference” for Healthcare Workers. Watch for a separate event posting for more information.

Kevin Hines is a suicide attempt survivor, activist, storyteller, and filmmaker. He is one of only a few to survive the fall and the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy around the globe. He has been awarded Mental Health America’s Clifford W. Beers Award for his efforts to improve the lives of and attitudes toward people with mental illnesses. Kevin sits on the boards of the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), the Bridge Rail Foundation (BRF) and the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF) and on the Survivors Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. His story was featured in the 2006 film The Bridge by the film director and producer Eric Steel. He has a bestselling memoir, Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving after a Suicide Attempt; and his documentary Suicide: The Ripple Effect is being released in 2018. Kevin’s will to live and stay mentally well has inspired people worldwide. His compelling story has touched diverse and global audiences within colleges and universities, high schools, corporations, clergy, military, clinicians, health and medical communities, law enforcement organizations, and various industries. Thousands have communicated to Hines that his story helped save their lives. He has reached millions with his story. Kevin believes in the power of the human spirit and in the fact that you can find the ability to live mentally well. His mantra: “Life is a gift, that is why they call it the present. Cherish it always.” To learn more, visit his website: www.kevinhinesstory.com

Dick Beardsley is a compelling international motivational/inspirational speaker. He is the author of a bestselling autobiography and is the subject of an upcoming feature film. Dick is a MN native and running legend best known for his incredible race in the 1982 Boston Marathon. After retiring from running, Dick had a series of near fatal accidents that left him addicted to prescription pain medications. His story of overcoming extreme obstacles speaks to anyone who loves competition, has survived catastrophe, or pursued a seemingly impossible goal. In October 2015, Dick’s son Andrew, an Iraq war veteran died by suicide. This was yet another heart-wrenching blow that challenged Dick in a deeply personal way. This tragic loss has once again forced Dick to call on his inner strength and continue his positive path through his life. Dick is a true survivor. His story is one of hope and redemption. To learn more, visit his website: www.dickbeardsley.com


April 8
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hutchinson Event Center
1005 Highway 15 S
Hutchinson, MN United States
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