LifeOct 12, 2017 by Will Maule
Over 2,000 people have died at the Golden Gate Bridge. It has become one of the most prominent suicide spots in the world. Just one percent survive the fall. Kevin was in that tiny group. He experienced severe mental illness as a teenager, and it eventually became too much for him to deal with.
"I vividly remember writing my suicide note. People don't get it, I thought I was a burden to everyone who loved me. That's what my brain told me, that's how powerful your brain is."
Kevin decided to take his own life. He headed to the bridge. "I ran forward, using my two hands I catapulted myself into freefall."
"What I'm about to say is the exact same thing that 19 other Golden Gate Bridge survivors have also said: the millisecond my hands left the rail, it was an instant regret.
I remember thinking 'no-ones gonna know that I didn't want to die.'
Incredibly, he survived.
"The coastguard was so freaked out that I was alive, he just dove in and got me onboard. He put his hand on my forehead and said 'you're a miracle.'"
Through treatment and medication, Kevin has begun to recover, but he still struggles. "It's all still there, I just know how to cope with it and how to beat it," he says.
"I built a support network over these years of treatment so that I wouldn't be fighting this alone. It's OK not to be OK. It's not OK not ask for someone to back you up."
Mental illness affects Christians just as much as it affects anyone else.
Watch Kevin's story below.
If you or someone you know needs help, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741. Click here for a list of crisis
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