Suicide Prevention seminar held in Meridian

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Tommy Dulaney Center in Meridian was full of people Monday evening for a seminar in recognition of National Recovery and Suicide Prevention Month.

Kevin Hines and Greg Van Borssum were the guest speakers. Hines survived a suicide attempt off the Golden Gate Bridge and has spent the last 16 years speaking to audiences about living mentally healthy.

"When you fall into a place of severe hopelessness and depression, you can survive. By fighting that depression, that pain and the suicidal thoughts and remaining here, you can thrive," said Hines.

"We want to show people that the pathway back from depression and suicidal thoughts can be a massive success story. It's always achievable for anybody that can really make a massive comeback," says Van Borssum.

They encourage people who feel like they don't have anyone to talk to, to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.