The Guardian: He Prevented Over 200 Suicides
Kevin Briggs (also known as the Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge) is a Retired Sergeant for the California Highway Patrol who has stopped upwards of two hundred people from jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge into the San Francisco Bay.
As a CHP officer, Kevin worked the Golden Gate Bridge area during his 23-year career. The Golden Gate Bridge, while one of a kind and beautiful, also carries a dark side – it is sadly a place where many people, since its opening in May 1937, have chosen to end their life. Kevin’s law enforcement experiences on the bridge responding to calls for assistance are insightful and informative, as he dealt with numerous individuals who were over the rail – many off their medications, dealing with life circumstances that were overwhelming, or feeling they were out of hope.
Kevin is a trained and experienced speaker with the goal of raising awareness about mental health and wellness, crisis management, and suicide prevention. He delivers his message by sharing his personal story and experiences, as well as tools he developed to assist with crises, that can be used by anyone. His talks are inspiring and educational while encouraging help-seeking and reducing prejudice and discrimination related to mental health.