Community mental health expo and award-winning presentation “The Bridge”

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 17, when the Rockford Public Schools Developing Healthy Kids campaign will host a Community Mental Health Expo in the Rockford High School cafeteria from 5:00-6:15 and 8:00-8:30 pm where over 30 vendors will be giving away free resources, materials, and support where needed.  Free memberships to local health clubs, gift cards to local businesses, and RAM freebies will be given away as well during the expo.

From 6:45-8:00 pm, Kevin Hines, brain/mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author, and documentary filmmaker will be sharing his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 19 years of age, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four to survive the fall which has resulted in death for the majority of the 2,000 people who have made the jump since the bridge was erected in 1937. He is also the only one to regain full physical mobility.  Kevin survived and, in the 16 years since his nearly fatal attempt, he is sharing his story to foster a critical bridge of hope between life and death for people caught in the pain of living with serious mental illness and/or difficult life circumstances.   Also, bring or purchase a copy of “Cracked But Not Broken” or “Through the Eyes of One” from Epilogue Books (who will be selling copies at the event) for a special book signing with Kevin Hines from 5:45-6:15 pm.

Rockford Public Schools thanks the Rockford Education Foundation for their sponsorship of the Developing Healthy Kids campaign and this Community Education and Prevention Series event.

Questions?  Please contact RPS Special Services Department at 616.863.6326.