Channel Marker to host suicide prevention event Sept. 19

Suicide survivor Kevin Hines brings his message of hope to the Todd Performing Arts Center Sept. 19.

EASTON — Channel Marker will host Kevin Hines, a suicide survivor, public speaker, award-winning documentary filmmaker and best-selling author on Sept. 19 at the Todd Performing Arts Center in Wye Mills.

In 2000, Hines attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, according to a news release. Many factors contributed to his survival, including a sea lion that kept him afloat until the U.S. Coast Guard arrived.

Hines now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of wellness and the ability to survive pain with true resilience.

The event will feature a two-part speaking engagement.

The suicide prevention education session for professionals will run from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Continuing education credits will be provided by Mid Shore Behavioral Health Inc., an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits. Two free social work continuing education unit credits will be offered to the first 125 registered. This session is ideal for school professionals, first responders, veterans, and healthcare and human service professionals.

The “Kevin Hines Story” concludes the second session with a free public event from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Channel Marker welcomes partners to help sponsor the event and increase awareness of the importance of suicide prevention and education, encourage the community to start talking about the topic of suicide, and to promote healthy healing, as well as shining a light on hope for individuals and their communities.

For more information about this event or sponsorship opportunities, or to register for the suicide prevention education for professionals session, call 410-822-4619 or visit

The mission of Channel Marker is to create a healthy Mid-Shore community through mental illness prevention programs, wellness support, and adaptive community services to individuals and their families.

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