IF YOU GO
WHAT: “Hope is Here” suicide prevention discussion
WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday
WHERE: Beasley Coliseum, Washington State University, Pullman
By KAYLEE BREWSTER
In March 2005, Kevin Berthia decided to kill himself by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. But before he took the leap, someone changed his mind.
Officer Kevin Briggs talked Berthia down and encouraged him to seek help, which he did. A photo of Briggs talking to Berthia ran on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle and became iconic. Since that time, Berthia has become a suicide prevention advocate and speaker.
Berthia, Briggs and Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, who’ve had a variety of experiences in dealing with suicide prevention and mental illness, will share their stories at “Hope is Here” a suicide prevention panel at 7 p.m. Monday at Beasley Coliseum, Washington State University in Pullman.
Briggs has been nicknamed the Guardian of the Golden Gate, where many like Berthia attempt suicide. Now he promotes crisis management and training, and suicide intervention and prevention worldwide.
Judge Lerner-Wren serves at Broward County’s Mental Health Court, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which is America’s first specialized court that works to decriminalize people with mental illness. Lerner-Wren speaks internationally on the mental health court, the mentally ill in the criminal justice system, recovery and problem-solving justice.
The event will also include a panel discussion and question-and-answer time.