Kevin Hines discussed on WBBM Programming

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Two counts Kevin Hines shouldn't be here at age nineteen he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge I'm over the fall even twenty five stories seventy five miles an hour for seconds although the fall shattered is back he served by and diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age seventy but on that day in September of two thousand just all became too much seven four was Phyllis summers agony so much pain what was going through my I've been dealing with this diagnosis for two and a half years the greatest mistake was lying to everybody who loves me believing it I was their greatest burden and if I didn't die out of my hands that it will ruin their life the sense of loneliness he says was unbearable all I wanted was for one person to see my pain and say something kind you could reach out and I could not I could not reach yeah I need someone to reach it just one person stopped him on the bridge that day a passing tourists to only asked him to take her picture she walked away I said nobody cares the voice in my head scream jump now and I did if one person show me a ounce of care I would not have jumped off that bridge could it really be that easy is a simple expression of concern and not to cut through the darkest recesses of a suicidal mama turns out some long forgotten research from psychiatrist named Dr Jerry model at the university of California San Francisco says yes model had served in World War two and he never forgot the impact of writing and receiving letters while he was overseas they made him feel more connected and that gave him a very simple I. D. if you know that you are going to make connections and that you can communicate that you care that's all that's important that is the fuel for wanting to live Chris females and the woman who would later become doctor models wife Pat Conway were young researchers back in the sixties when model put together a team to take what was then a pretty unconventional dive into suicide prevention how was suicide treated by the healthcare professionals back then not well no I thank all too often the physician thought that this was looking for attention all right it was it was not good Dr model theorize that like him during the war if people somehow felt more connected in the days after being released from a psychiatric facility one of the riskiest time for suicide that might just be the tether that holds them to life so he devised a research study involving patients who had been hospitalized for suicide and depression and had refused to follow up care between nineteen sixty nine in nineteen seventy four he said half of the patients a series of what he called caring letters the other half the control group got nothing in what was in the letters that we just communicating are caring and concern to a truly was just a reaching out with no yes we care yeah that's all we care probably a lot of people thought that's a bit silly that's not gonna work we heard people saying oh you're kidding one letter is going to make a difference or series of letters but he did make a difference they actually started getting letters back on demand in in your hand CBS news radio and CBS news radio dot com a heavy duty heavy weight this is Jeff to work with the Kerr chronicles test strong GM's heavy.

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