Man Survives Suicide Jump From Golden Gate Bridge

In 2004, Hines and his crew filmed every daylight hour of the bridge for 365 days, capturing 23 of the 24 suicides that took place. He also tracked the loved ones of the jumpers to try to figure out why the suicides had happened.

"I think the suffering and the hardship is hard to quantify," Steel said. "I think it's evident in every single one of these people that it's almost like they play, play their life backwards. And they keep looking back and thinking what did I miss or what did I -- what could I have done or what if, all these different options. And I think everyone who shares their stories in the film did so out of a belief that they would make things better for one other family or two other families or 24 other families. And that generosity is really remarkable to me."

Picking Up the Pieces

After his son's suicide attempt, Patrick Hines began a campaign to have suicide barriers erected on the Golden Gate. So far he has run into resistance.

"I don't know if I would call it resistance or ignorance, and I'm going to default to ignorance," Hines said. "I think that the electorate in about the Bay Area doesn't understand the harsh realities of the Golden Gate Bridge."

A year ago, bridge officials voted to study the feasibility of installing suicide barriers, but determined the money wasn't available.

Kevin Hines endured arduous physical rehabilitation after his near-death experience in 2000, but said dealing with his bipolar disorder had been far more difficult.

He now lives by a strict schedule, and has found a combination of drugs and therapy that allows him to regulate his manic highs and crushing depressions.

Currently, Hines is studying to get his GED. He also works with several mental health groups and suicide prevention hot lines.

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