Sergeant Kevin Briggs (also known as the Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge) was a California Highway Patrol officer noted for his work in suicide intervention, having dissuaded more than two hundred people from jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge into the San Francisco Bay.
He retirement from the California Highway Patrol in 2013 to focus his efforts on suicide prevention. to promote Crisis Management, Leadership Skills, and Suicide Intervention / Prevention worldwide. He continues speaking and teaching at conferences and law enforcement events, as well as consulting and advising major corporations. Kevin’s personal story includes being a cancer survivor, overcoming heart issues, divorce, PTSD, and depression. He is also a survivor of suicide loss.
An inspiring mental health and suicide prevention speaker with over 20 years of experience in crisis management and suicide prevention. As a sergeant for the California Highway Patrol, Kevin has responded to hundreds of calls for suicidal individuals on the Golden Gate Bridge, talking them back over the railing to safety. Kevin has now dedicated his training and experience to helping people before they ever get that close.
Kevin uses his professional experience and training as well as opening up about his personal experiences to share a genuine and hopeful perspective on the topics of suicide prevention and mental health. He started Pivotal Points as an organization with the purpose of furthering the understanding and acceptance of mental health issues and removing the stigma people can feel when seeking help or support.
Kevin Briggs’ goal is to promote suicide prevention and mental health awareness by breaking the prejudice and discrimination associated with them. Having observed, up close and personally, the toll that years of mental illness had on people contemplating suicide, as well as the impact interacting with those individuals had on others, Kevin has developed a variety of tools that he shares through his powerful presentations and workshops.
Preparation is the key to a successful outcome. Kevin offers tailored presentations and workshops designed to guide the way in which a crisis is handled. Lack of planning and preparation can put both businesses and individuals at risk of a negative outcome. Have you thought about what possible crisis you may encounter? Do you have an adequate strategy in place?
“Kevin is an inspiring speaker. He has a gift for creating an intimate conversation in the middle of a crowd on the most difficult of subjects.”
In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries can be found here http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html.
“The more we have these conversations, the more these conversations can be had.” ~ Alison Jaye