"I had never dealt with any of the problems in my life, and that morning I was overwhelmed by it all...I parked and walked towards the bridge. As I jumped over the railings I heard someone say: “Hey, wait a minute.” I was convinced I was going to end my life , but at the last moment his voice made me stop and grab the railings. That’s what you see in the picture – me standing on the ledge. I now know that was Officer Briggs (centre, leaning on the railings). He snapped me back to reality. I was on that ledge for 92 minutes, and for 89 of those I just talked. I got everything out and he listened without judging.
I have since become a suicide prevention advocate, encouraging people to talk through their problems rather than think about ending their lives. I now know that depression is a part of me but not who I am. I have three children and a new partner with whom I will spend the rest of my life. Now is the happily ever after."
Now Scheduling for 2017: Kevin Berthia & Kevin Briggs Presentation Package
I wanted to thank you for providing us with a great opportunity to bring Kevin to Sonoma County. He is an amazing and inspiring speaker and I have heard great reviews from that night. He is so assessable and relatable, I was profoundly moved by his story and know that everyone there was impacted in such a positive way. We will find a way to bring Kevin back to share his powerful story. Kevin is a great advocate for stigma reduction and I know he will change people’s lives through his story.
-Amy Faulstich, MSWMental Health Services Act CoordinatorDepartment of Health Services- Sonoma County Behavioral Health Division