A man who has stopped more than 200 people from jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge will be the keynote speaker at Napa Valley College at a Sept. 29 suicide prevention conference.
Kevin Briggs, a highway patrolman, former Army soldier and San Quentin State Prison guard, will highlight Aldea's Courage Village presentation on mental health and suicide prevention from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the college's Performing Arts Center. Briggs is scheduled to speak at 9.
The free conference, sponsored by St. Joseph Health Systems in partnership with Napa County Mental Health, will include talks with community leaders and residents, plus breakout sessions in Spanish and English.
Briggs, known as the "Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge," beat cancer, was Charles Manson's prison guard and dealt with divorce and depression in his family. He spent most of his law enforcement career with the CHP's Marin County office.
He's been called "a true American hero" by Robert Gebbia, director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, for promoting crisis management, leadership skills, and suicide intervention worldwide. His TED Talk has been viewed more than a million times.
In his book, "Guardian of the Golden Gate," Briggs shares his experiences with people who credit their lives to him. His inspiring story will help shine a light on signs to look for and the value of hope.
The Sept. 29 college event will also feature a closing speaker, Gordon Doughty, board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The conference is designed to teach how to talk about depression and anxiety, how to keep children safe on social media and what community resources are available to residents of all ages dealing with mental health issues.
Aldea Children & Family Services helps more than 5,300 people annually in Napa and Solano counties who face obstacles to accessing and receiving effective treatment. The agency enables children to begin to heal from past trauma, families to build healthy relationships and adults with developmental disabilities to remain independent.
Register for the Sept. 29 event at bit.ly/couragevillage