Excellent interview with Kevin Hines author of “Cracked Not Broken” regarding nets on the Golden Gate Bridge. Kevin states in this interview, “If one person would have been there when I was waiting to jump and ask me if I was okay, I never would have jumped and I would have told them everything.” Thank you Friends of the Vista Bridge Volunteers. Your work saved many lives!
Kevin Hines jumped off of the Golden Gate Bridge at the age of 19 and survived. He is one of a handful of people that has survived the 25 story fall. He suffers from bipolar disorder. His story is incredible and he has dedicated his life to lecturing on the disease and raising awareness. He is also featured in the movie “The Bridge.” 57 million Americans suffer from mental health issues. Incarceration is not the answer. What society needs is the funding of mental health awareness programs. Kevin is also strategic in working with the city of San Francisco to have a net placed under the Golden Gate. I highly recommend this book.
I am now on the Vista Bridge Advisory Committee that has been launched through the City of Portland and headed by Commissioner Steve Novick. Our mission is to advise Commissioner Novick on a permanent structure to replace the fence on the Vista Bridge. Here is a list of everyone on the committee:
Denise Archer, Community Activist
Bill Failing, President, Oregon Historical Society
William Hawkins, FAIA
Bonnie Kahn, Art Business Coach
Chet Orloff, PSU
Richard Potestio, Architect
Donald Stastny, FAIA, FAIC
Patty Tillett, FAIA, FAICP
Mayor Bud Clark, Neighborhood Representative
Michael Molinaro, Architect
We will be meeting on a regular basis. I will keep everyone informed on the progress!
Ken and I are looking for opportunities to speak publicly about our process of creating our organization Friends of the Vista Bridge. We realize that our program’s success has been because of the willingness of the community to work together. We believe we can work with other communities to create similar programs. Please contact us.
Thank you Commissioner Steve Novick! To read more, click here
In wake of deaths, group pushes for suicide barrier at majestic arch bridge
PORTLAND, Ore. — On a sunny January afternoon, 12 stories above a busy street, a newly engaged 19-year-old woman jumped to her death from a spectacular arch bridge west of downtown Portland. Last month, in the middle of the night, a 40-year-old man did the same. Last week, yet another person — a 15-year-old girl — plunged from the span.
The people at Saturday’s vigil brought candles and left flowers. They said the purpose was to raise awareness about suicide and to start the conversation, getting people talking about prevention.