VLOG EP 12 SEASON 1 - MY UNOFFICIAL 7 BUCKS MOMENT
Dwayne THE ROCK Johnson, or as his friends call him Dj. His words, specifically those he wrote in his memoir "The Rock Says," altered the course of my life again and again. You see, I spent 19 years of age teetering on the brink of death, more accurately, I attempted to leave this earth by my hands in a very dangerous 99% fatal way. By heavens good graces I surivived a feet only survived by 36 people in a span of 80 years. Where over 2000 people perished doing what I did, somehow I got the gift of a second chance at life. Depression, mental illness, and crisis overtook my life. I succumbed into darkness. It was The Rock's book, and his impactful, powerful, empowering words in that book about how he overcame depression after a broken back and a crushed vision of football hall of fame glory that kept with me every time I fell, I would turn to the pages of that book, to those highlighted words of hope, wisdom, future focussed adrenalin rushing words into my shattered mind, that some day I too could thrive. I could triumph through the pain, I wouldn't have been the first to fall, and I wouldn't be the last. And no matter how much I fell, the rock showed me, I Kevin Hines could always get back up. His words rang right next to my father's. Like The Rock, I too had strong powerful, father with a huge presence. When Patrick Kevin Hines walks in a room, much like Dj, and Dj's Father Rocky, you know it immediately. "Kevin, You are in two feet of water and you are drowning...All you must do is stand." So thanks to my dear ol' dad and the THE GREAT ONE, I continue, I fordge onward, I fight my brain valliantly with my soul. I dont just survive chronic thoughts of ending it all, I thrive, beating the pain every time, from psych ward, to psych ward I brought the rocks book.When I was too psychotic, my dad brought it too me, signed by the big guy himself. He said it (without saying it) STAND KEVIN...STAND TALL (no pun intended). NEVER FALL, AND ALWAYS BE HERE TOMORROW. MR. Johnson, You inspired me to work, to give back, and to inspire others. And after 7 elongated psych hospital month to month stays for imminent risk of great peril, I have been removed from psych ward living since 2011. & Today, I travel the globe 315 days a year, sharing my incredible story right around the globe to millions and millions of people who hurt just like I did and still do. Just like you did Dj. To date, I have spoken in nearly every continent, in all 50 US states, physically to over 3 million people and reached 150 ++ million through viral video media. 100's of thousands have claimed my words saved, changed, brought them back to faith (in themselves or a higher power) or altered their lives for the better forever... and its all because I believed that after your words broke my world wide open, I had to try, just try to pay it forward and give light in the darkest of hours to as many human beings as possible just like you do shinning in your flicks day in and day out. So, D $ Magnificent, (my enduring nickname for you) I will Keep On Keepin' On. I will always fight to be well, and I will always live, in, through, around, or without the pain of depression, I simply will be. I will achieve greatness, so that I can help others do the very same.
I can never repay you, but I am damn sure gonna spend the rest of my life and try.
Screening of Suicide The Ripple Effect by Joe Williams & Patrick Lawson in Wagga Wagga, Australia. We World Wide with this film about hope, helping people heal, and find a way every single day to #BeHereTomorrow as well as every day after that. This film is about moving the needle forward to prevent suicide, and find light at the end of every single darkened tunnel vision.
The 2018 Scattergood Innovation Award Application Video From The Kevin & Margaret Hines Storytelling Academy. Teaching the art of Storytelling to he masses. Utilizing the Papageno Effect as a basis for our evidence supported techniques and tools to change and save lives through the power of recovery messaging.