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Mental health advocate brings suicide survival story to Edinboro University

Posted on October 20th, 2018 at 8:01 AM
Mental health advocate brings suicide survival story to Edinboro University

At just 14 years old, Taylor Green lost her cousin Matt to suicide. 

When tragedy struck, the eighth-grader Green saw her world turn upside down. Just a year older than the current Edinboro graduate student, Matt was more than a cousin. Matt was her best friend. Her confidant. 

However, nearly a decade later, Green has fully realized a shift from personal tragedy to social advocate. 

“I miss him. Every single day,” said Green, who is pursuing a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communication and Managerial and Leadership Communication. “I carry him with me wherever I go, and I strive to keep his memory alive and well through my words.”

Through these words and action-driven collegiate experience, Green has elected to become a voice for Edinboro students. The second-year graduate student who earned her bachelor’s from Edinboro, is using these opportunities to bring a national mental health advocate and suicide survivor to campus. 

On Oct. 24, Edinboro University and Green will host “Kevin Hines: A Discussion on Suicide and Mental Health,” featuring one of only 36 individuals to attempt suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge and survive. 

In September 2000, Kevin Hines leapt off the Golden Gate Bridge, a method of suicide that has resulted in death for most of the 2,000 people who have made that jump since the bridge was erected in 1937. 

Hines will present his story at 7 p.m. in Edinboro’s Louis C. Cole Auditorium – Memorial Hall, and engage in a discussion about suicide prevention. The presentation and talk are free and open to the public. 

“Kevin’s story is important, because he survived a jump that a very small number of people survive,” said Green, a native of Coudersport, Pa. “The biggest takeaway is that Kevin’s story sheds a little light on the fact that life is worth living. Nothing in life is bad enough to end it.” 

Suicide and mental health are difficult subjects to talk about. From small town high schools to the military and professional sports, suicide has impacted American citizens from all backgrounds, races and socioeconomic statuses. In the United States alone, nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide each year. 

Through the Hines presentation, Green hopes that attendees understand that negative thoughts and depression are common and that help is available. 

“It’s inspiring to know that no matter what you go through, you are not alone – even though it feels like it sometimes,” she said. “Bringing this event to Edinboro’s campus is important to me because it is an event that I know has the capability to help people.” 

According to Green, the program will cover more than suicide prevention. Hines will also discuss living well with mental health issues and finding the strength to overcome hardships to live a happy life. 

“This program is going to be inspiring and eye-opening,” Green said. “Most importantly, it is going to show that it is possible to talk about mental health in a positive light. Mental health deserves to be talked about. “ 

In addition to bringing speakers to campus, Edinboro University provides mental health services for all students through the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) program. CAPS is committed to helping students address and resolve concerns by providing a range of mental health services. 

For information about CAPS and Edinboro’s psychological services, visit www.edinboro.edu/CAPS

If you or anyone you know might be contemplating self-harm or suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK