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Kevin Briggs, Speaker

Kevin Briggs

    • Former California Highway Patrol Officer
    • 2013 recipient of the ASIS International Outstanding Officer Award,
    • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Public Service Award,
    • Heroes Award, given by the Northern California Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International.
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$7,500 - $10,000

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Kevin Briggs, the bridge between suicide and life

Kevin Briggs, the bridge between suicide and life

Sergeant Kevin Briggs is a former California Highway Patrol officer who convinced hundreds of people who were contemplating suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge into coming back over the rail and giving life another chance. These challenging, but rewarding efforts earned him the nickname “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge.”

After a 23 year career with the California Highway Patrol, Briggs retired to dedicate his life to promote mental health awareness around the country and across the world through Pivotal Points, an organization he founded to promote Suicide Prevention, Crisis Management, and Leadership Skills.

Today, Briggs speaks publicly about his suicide prevention experiences on the bridge, as well as his own life experiences while in the Army, as a police officer, and as a cancer survivor. Briggs spends his time speaking at mental health conferences, teaching law enforcement departments across the country including the FBI, and he consults and advises major companies and corporations.

Crisis Communication

• Signs presented by an individual in crisis/contemplating suicide

• Familiarization of effective communication tools

• Interacting with adolescents in crisis/regarding suicide of peer

• RELEASE Model for working with individuals in distress or a crisis

• Developing a Crisis Safety Plan


The High Price of Mental Illness in the Workplace

• Managers, the example you set is vital to your team members’ and the company’s success

• Active Listening Skills: Learning, Understanding and Implementing

• Stress: Its role in our daily lives and the importance of self-care

• RELEASE Model for working with individuals in distress or a crisis

Crisis Intervention with Suicidal Individuals

• Specific cases from law enforcement encounters on the Golden Gate Bridge

• Understanding the important role of empathy/understanding in crisis communication

• How “Listening to understand” is vital to successful interactions

• Specific interactions with an individual contemplating suicide

• Enhancing communications skills: What to say and what not to say


Quality of Life  (Workshop)

• How stress affects your daily quality of life

• Quality of Life Triad: A guide to maintaining a healthy mental and physical life style

• Understanding stress hormones and the impact they have

• The importance of support systems


RELEASE Model and Active Listening Skills (ALS) Workshop

• Understanding how to approach and communicate with someone who may be contemplating suicide or self-harm

• Seven components of Active Listening Skills – skills can be used from the highest levels of corporate negotiations to parents struggling with the children to do their homework

• Role play using ALS and RELEASE model in multiple scenarios

• Gain usable information to promote confidence in engaging a person in distress or crisis


Suicide Prevention and Postvention (Workshop)

• Specific cases from law enforcement encounters on the Golden Gate Bridge

• Determine courses of action based upon possibly suicidal individual’s mannerisms

• Provide insight to suicide loss survivors on coping, their emotions, and acceptance of loss


Law Enforcement/Mental Health: Mental Illness Contacts, Vicarious Trauma and Post Incident Mental Health (Workshop)

• Signs to look for when suffering from compassion fatigue / post traumatic stress disorder

• Administration’s role after a traumatic incident

• Self Care / Quality of life

• Courageous Conversations: Communicating with an officer in crisis

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