In 2005 Kevin Berthia attempted to take his life at The Golden Gate Bridge. After jumping the railing, he stood on a narrow 4" cord about 220 feet in the air. For 96 minutes, with nothing to stop him from falling except a listening ear, with his head pressed to the Golden Gate's rust-colored tower and the heels of his shoes resting on nothing but air, Kevin spoke with a first responder who eventually talked him back over the railing.
Since then, he has presented his story of hope on THE IMPACT OF LISTENING to national audiences and has been featured by multiple media outlets. The photo of Kevin standing on the cord was the front page of the San Francisco Chronical, placed on the 75 most iconic photos of the 21st Century, and has since gone viral on social media
Today, Kevin Berthia is a grateful Suicide Prevention Advocate, encouraging people to talk through their problems rather than think about ending their lives. Kevin believes that depression may be a part of you, but it is not who you are.
As a former student-athlete, Kevin is especially attuned to young people attempting to deal with all the complexities of life, the demands of school and the pressures that sometimes accompany athletic performance.
His 2015 TEDxTalk poignantly hit home The Impact of Listening.
An Evening with Kevin Berthia
Founding Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute
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