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Cracked, Not Broken

Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt
Narrated by: Kevin Hines
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable structures to define a modern city. Yet, for author Kevin Hines the bridge is not merely a marker of a place or a time. Instead, the bridge marks the beginning of his remarkable story. At 19-years-old, Kevin attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge - a distance which took four seconds to fall. Recently diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, Kevin had begun to hear voices telling him he had to die, and days before his attempt, he began to believe them.  

The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. His story chronicles the extraordinary will of the author to live mentally well in the face of his mental illness: bipolar disorder with psychotic features. With each mental breakdown, however, the author's desire to live mentally well - and to be a mental health advocate - pulls him from the depths of his condition. Kevin's story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder to us to love the life we have. His story also reminds us that living mentally well takes time, endurance, hard work, and support. With these disciplines in place, those living with even very difficult diagnoses can achieve better lives for themselves and those who help to support and care for them.

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Not what I expected but awesome.

I was thinking the book was going to be a little more educational in a sense, I didn’t read anything about the book prior, other than seeing one of Kevin’s videos online and having recently survived a suicide attempt I didn’t need to read the blurb.

Once I understood this is just him telling his story I could embrace it. So inspiring, and his voice acting is great as is the recording.

This is my first review after hundreds of books but this message is amazing.

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Essential reading for understanding mental health

Kevin’s story is powerful and does an excellent job helping people to understand not only Bipolar Disorder but mental health in general. This should be required reading for everyone, but especially hose planning to or currently working in mental health, law enforcement, schools, social work etc.

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Mental Health

Thanks for sharing your story Kevin. Found your story insightful to the struggles that occur to anyone who is affected by the mental health of self or someone who knows someone with suicidal thoughts. Would have liked to hear more about how the individual can find their way out of dark places, and where to go for help. Overall, I would recommend your memoir to anyone dealing with suicidal thoughts, and those who have a friend, family member, or works in the mental health field who struggles with their own fears. - Linda Mitchell