Tuesday, September 10, 2019

From Suicidal to Inspired: Interview with Kevin Hines, Greg Van Borssum, and Matt Runnells

[Episode 125] In today's social work podcast, I speak with three men on a mission to prevent suicide. Matt Runnells, Kevin Hines, and Greg Van Borssum shared their stories of managing suicidal thoughts, self-care, caring for others, and building a global network of support for suicide prevention.

I spoke with Matt, Kevin and Greg at the American Association of Suicidology annual conference in April 2018. Kevin's movie, Suicide: The Ripple Effect premiered the evening of our interview. These three guys were so pumped up about suicide prevention, so full of inspirational quotes and stories, that by the end of the interview I found myself speaking with the cadence and phrasing of a motivational speaker. Published on World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 as part of National Suicide Prevention Week 2019 and Suicide Prevention Month 2019.
#WSPD19 #NSPW19 #SPM19

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Bios

In the year 2000, Kevin attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He is only one of 36 people to have survived. Many factors contributed to his miraculous survival including a sea lion which kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived. Kevin now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing, and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of wellness & the ability to survive pain with true resilience.

In 2016, Mental Health America awarded Kevin their highest honor, The Clifford W. Beers Award for his efforts to improve the lives of and attitudes toward people with mental illnesses. Previously, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health in partnership with Eli Lilly. Kevin has also been awarded by SAMSHA as a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner, an Achievement Winner by the US Veterans Affairs and received over 30 U.S. military excellence medals as a civilian.  Kevin sits on the boards of the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), the Bridge Rail Foundation (BRF) and the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF) and on the Survivors Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.   Previously, he was a board member of the Northern California Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and was a two-term member of San Francisco’s Mental Health Board. He has spoken in congressional hearings alongside Patrick Kennedy in support of The Mental Health Parity Bill. He continues his policy work as an Ambassador to the National Council for Behavioral Health.  In the summer of 2013, Kevin released his bestselling memoir titled Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving After A Suicide Attempt. In 2018 he released his documentary Suicide: The Ripple Effect#CNQR #BrainHealthIsSexy

Matt Runnells
Matt is the CEO & Founder of Mindfull Aus, a Non-Profit Charity from Melbourne, Victoria that focuses on education through the confronting truths of long-running personal battle with Mental Illness. Matt was diagnosed with clinical depression & anxiety at the age of 18, surviving several attempts on his own life and being affected by the loss of a large number of close mates to suicide. Matt now focuses on sharing his story of resilience, overcoming, leadership & hope to Sporting clubs, primary & secondary schools, businesses and organisations all across Australia in a bid to bring acceptance to those who are fighting similar battles and to the family’s affected by the loss of loved ones.

A failed school kid who turned adversities into opportunities, from Martial Arts to Movies. Over the years Greg has accomplished an incredible level of achievement...the worlds youngest professional Natural Bodybuilder, a multiple black belt martial artist, and award-winning Hollywood filmmaker. But the successes aren't what made him.  It was forging his pathway to those achievements that taught Greg the value of the true Warriors Code. Battling through failure and loss, it was his resilience as a warrior that gave him the strength to turn setbacks into comebacks that have made him the mentor and speaker he is today.

Transcript

Introduction
In today's social work podcast, I speak with three men on a mission to prevent suicide. Matt Runnells, Kevin Hines, and Greg Van Borssum shared their stories of managing suicidal thoughts, self-care, caring for others, and building a global network of support for suicide prevention.

Kevin Hines is one of only 36 people to have survived jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Since his suicide attempt in 2000 he has become a global ambassador for suicide prevention. I first saw Kevin speak in 2014, the year after he published his autobiography, Cracked, Not Broken. In 2018 I had the pleasure of watching his film Suicide: the Ripple Effect at the American Association of Suicidology annual conference. Kevin was joined by two members of his CNQR collective, Matt Runnells, CEO & Founder of Mindfull Aus, a Non-Profit Charity from Melbourne, Australia, and Greg Van Borssum, the worlds youngest professional Natural Bodybuilder, a multiple black belt martial artist, and award-winning Hollywood filmmaker.

I spoke with Matt, Kevin and Greg at the American Association of Suicidology annual conference in April 2018. These three guys were so pumped up about suicide prevention, so full of inspirational quotes and stories, that by the end of the interview I found myself speaking with the cadence and phrasing of a motivational speaker. Published on World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 as part of National Suicide Prevention Week 2019 and Suicide Prevention Month 2019.

I want to give a big shout out to Francesca Haley, MSW Student, Stonybrook University for generously donating a transcript of episode 106, A #ZeroSuicide World: Interview with David W. Covington. If you love the transcripts and want to donate your time in exchange for a shout out on the podcast, send me an email.

And now, without further ado, on to episode 125 of the Social Work Podcast: From Suicidal to Inspired: Interview with Kevin Hines, Greg Van Borssum, and Matt Runnells

Interview
(forthcoming)

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APA (6th ed) citation for this podcast:

Singer, J. B. (Producer). (2019, September 10). #125 - From Suicidal to Inspired: Interview with Kevin Hines, Greg Van Borssum, and Matt Runnells [Audio Podcast]. Social Work Podcast. Retrieved from http://www.socialworkpodcast.com/2019/09/hines.html

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