January 24, 2019 YMHFA Celebration Luncheon Postponed

Posted on January 22, 2019 by Jill Whitcomb

January 22, 2019

It is with a great deal of sadness that we share the social media posting below from Kevin Hines. We have made the decision to postpone our celebration luncheon scheduled for this Thursday, January 24 at Gateway Church.  As you read Kevin’s post below, you will see that Kevin has taken a brave step by seeking help at this time for his mental health struggles.  Mental health issues can impact so many of us, and our loved ones, and we hope and pray when a crisis occurs, that the appropriate resources and supports are surrounding the individual in crisis.

We look forward to sharing the results of our four-year Youth Mental Health First Aid program with the community at a later date.  As a health foundation, we strongly believe that mental health impacts our overall well-being.  We hope you agree that it’s important to give Kevin time to heal, and when appropriate he can come to our community to share his story of resilience.

Please keep Kevin and his family in your thoughts and prayers, and continue to take care of your own and your loved ones mental health.  We will keep you posted once we reschedule the event for a future date.

Wishing you a healthy 2019,

Vanessa B. Briggs                                      Dana M. Heiman                                       Jacquelyn C. Taylor
President/CEO                                          Chief Impact Officer                                 Chair, YMHFA Planning Team
Brandywine Health Foundation            Brandywine Health Foundation             The COAD Group

Kevin Hines Story

January 19 at 12:05 PM ·

It has been a real battle this last 6 months but most especially this last month. I posted in December about how I had been struggling to regulate my medication, manage the chronic physical pain and also find that balance in life.

Well yesterday I took the steps to drastically improve my brain health and that was to turn to my wife and tell her I needed to be in hospital.

This is the first time I have entered a psychiatric care facility for something other than suicidal ideation and let me tell you, I was terrified. My brain is hurting and I need to do everything I can to get back to that place of wellness.

My team are posting this on my behalf as I am currently in inpatient care, working hour by hour to get myself better.

I want you all to know that taking care of our brains is ok. It is ok to turn to your supports and ask for help. I never wanted to go back into hospital but this last month challenged even my strength.

Just as people who have fragile hearts or other organs have to seek treatment to get well, we all have to take a brain break and seek treatment when necessary.

I’ll be a little pre occupied for the next few weeks looking after my brain but I’ll be back, better than ever.

I want to thank you all for the love and support. I am so very grateful to have you all in my life. To my wife @marghines you are my guardian angel and my rock. I love you.

Remember to be kind to yourself, and to each other. Help is out there;

Text CNQR to 741-741
Call 1800 273 8255
International www.suicide.org

Love always,

#BeHereTomorrow Kevin & Margaret Hines Foundation