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Dawson County Schools hosts suicide awareness seminar this Thursday
The Dawson County Performing Arts Center. - photo by Jessica Taylor

Dawson County Schools is hosting a suicide awareness seminar Thursday evening for parents and the community to learn more about suicide prevention, hope and healing.

Kevin Hines, a Golden Gate Bridge suicide attempt survivor, will be leading the lecture “Surviving the Bridge” at Dawson County High School’s Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29.

In 2000, Hines attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif. After leaping, Hines was filled with immediate regret and rotated his body so that he entered the water feet first instead of head first, surviving the jump. He was rescued by the Coast Guard after he was spotted being kept afloat by a sea lion.

Since the incident, Hines has become an activist and advocate for mental health, traveling the world and sharing his story in the hopes of preventing suicide.

The seminar is free to attend and the community is invited to learn more about Hines’ story and mental health and healing.

The Performing Arts Center is located at 1665 Perimeter Road in Dawsonville.