Kevin Hines attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, a means that only 1% survive. As a world-renowned author and speaker, Kevin shares his incredible story of hope, recovery, and wellness, inspiring hundreds of thousands of people to reach out for help and choose life, hope, and healing instead of suicide. He has been featured on CNN, Fox, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Good Morning America, BBC World, The Today Show, and other international media outlets.
Margaret, Kevin’s wife, has been instrumental in Kevin’s recovery and is a caregiver for other people who struggle with mental illness. Together, they saw a need to make an even bigger impact and change the way the world views brain health and people with lived-experience.
Now, through their keystone project, CNQR, they are bringing Kevin’s message along with other inspiring experts with lived-expertise to cities where professionals can access his message in order to better engage people and their caretakers still suffering with mental illness and suicidal ideation.
CNQR is the keystone project of the Kevin and Margaret Hines Foundation, founded by Kevin and Margaret Hines to address the countless requests for help that they get from high schools, colleges, military bases, and companies, that another suicide has been completed in their community, agency and company, and more support is needed to prevent it from happening again.
Read more about Kevin Hines via www.kevinhinesstory.com
Founder & CEO
Margaret founded The Kevin & Margaret Hines Foundation to drive transformative social impact by championing lived expertise in the mental/brain health and suicide prevention sectors through social entrepreneurship, revolutionizing the advocacy movement & fostering strong and healthy partnerships..
She comes to the Behavioral Health & Wellness space with over ten years of experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital. She has a proven track record of building strong partnerships and understands the value of collaboration. She is passionate about working with social entrepreneurs within the wellness and brain health space. Margaret graduated from University California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Economics. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Crisis Text Line and serves on the US Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Office's Lived Experience Committee.
Chief Medical Officer
April C. Foreman, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist serving Veterans as Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. She also serves as Suicide Prevention Lead for Veterans Integrated Service Network 16, a region of Veterans Affairs. She on the Executive Committee for the Board of the American Association of Suicidology, and has served VA as the 2017 Acting Director of Technology and Innovation for the Office of Suicide Prevention. She is a member of the team that launched OurDataHelps.org, a recognized innovation in data donation for ground breaking suicide research. She is passionate about helping people with severe (sometimes lethal) emotional pain, and in particular advocates for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, which has one of the highest mortality rates of all mental illnesses. She is known for her work at the intersection of technology, social media, and mental health, with nationally recognized implementations of innovations in the use of technology and mood tracking. She is the 2015 recipient of the Roger J. Tierney Award for her work as a founder and moderator of the first sponsored regular mental health chat on Twitter, the weekly Suicide Prevention Social Media chat (#SPSM, sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology, AAS). Her dream is to use her unique skills and vision to build a mental health system effectively and elegantly designed to serve the people who need it.
Founder & President
Kevin Hines is an award-winning global speaker, best-selling author, documentary filmmaker, and suicide prevention and mental health advocate who has reached millions with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Kevin in sharing his story, is fostering a critical bridge of hope between life and death for people caught in the pain of living with serious mental illness, difficult life circumstances, and more. His refreshing honesty, realism, advocacy, and appreciation of the complex conditions that contribute to mental illness is a much-needed guiding like through the darkness of societal stigma and discrimination.
Director of Corporate Communications
Lauren is the incoming Director of Corporate Communications. Lauren was thrust into the suicide prevention and behavioral health world in 2008, after the death of her brother Aidon, by suicide. Since that life changing event, Lauren has accumulated over 9 years experience within the mental health & suicide prevention sectors, working in Australia. Prior to this she worked in an array of industries including; advertising, marketing, events management & PR. Alongside her own charity laurenbreen.com.au, Lauren hopes the Kevin & Margaret Hines Foundation and CNQR will create an innovate twist in the way behavioral health is funded and facilitated.
Director of Business Development
Ariel Blackwood is a public speaker and suicidology scholar who is passionate about connecting resources for collaboration on brain health awareness and education. Her dedication to data collection and collaboration stems from her background in research, which opened her eyes to the asymmetrical alignment of mental health initiatives with other health concerns. She serves as Co-Founder and CEO of Camp Alex, a Summer camp for adolescent survivors of Suicide initiated by the Alex Blackwood Foundation for Hope, of which Ariel is also Co-Founder. She has served in Public Policy for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and as a public speaker for Mental Health America. Her passion for suicide prevention is driven by her own lived experience, of which she passionately shares and utilizes as a springboard for business initiatives and corporate endeavors.