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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year’s project will focus on the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Join us on Wednesday, September 22th with acclaimed keynote speaker Kevin Hines and Meghan Francone, suicide prevention coordinator for REPS (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide) in Moffat County.

Francone will kick off the evening with training in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) that will provide attendees with awareness on how to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal, how to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide, the common causes of suicidal behavior, the warning signs of suicide and how to get help for someone in crisis

She will be followed by keynote speaker Kevin Hines. Since the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937, thousands of people have tried to kill themselves by leaping. Only 34 have lived. Hines is one of them. On Sept. 24, 2000, the paranoid and hallucinating 19-year-old flung himself off the bridge in a suicide attempt. He fell 220 feet straight down into the San Francisco Bay, shattering his T12, L1, and L2 vertebrae. He now travels the world to share his story in the hopes of preventing more suicides and educating people about wellness. “It was the first millisecond, the first moment of freefall, I knew it was the worst mistake I ever made.” Kevin believes in the power of the human spirit and in the fact that you can find the ability to live mentally well.

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