CCEJ Event to Focus on Mental Health

The California Conference for Equality and Justice, which partners with the Long Beach Unified School District on the Building Bridges Human Relations Camps and other youth programs, will welcome mental health advocate Kevin Hines as keynote speaker at the 24th Annual Interfaith and Intercultural Breakfast. The event is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.

Kevin Hines is a global speaker, author and mental health advocate who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at 19 years of age), he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only 34 (less than 1 percent) to survive the fall.

He has earned numerous accolades, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as a suicide prevention advocate and speaker by the National Council of Behavioral Health.

The nonprofit CCEJ is a human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry and racism in America.

The event is $40 per person, with table sponsorships available. Call 435-8184 or email kmcilquham@cacej.org to reserve a space by Feb. 9.