Bridging the Gap Between Suicide and Life

“…I met Jason on July 22 of last year when I received a call of a possible suicidal subject sitting on the chord near midspan. I responded, and when I arrived, I observed Jason speaking to a Golden Gate Bridge officer. Jason was just 32 years old and had flown out here from New Jersey. As a matter of fact, he had flown out here on two other occasions from New Jersey to attempt suicide on this bridge. After about an hour of speaking with Jason, he asked us if we knew the story of Pandora’s box. Recalling your Greek mythology, Zeus created Pandora and sent her down to Earth with a box, and told her, “Never, ever open that box.” Well one day, curiosity got the better of Pandora and she did open the box. Out flew plagues, sorrows, and all sorts of evils against man. The only good thing in the box was hope. Jason then asked us, “What happens when you open the box and hope isn’t there?” He paused a few moments, leaned to his right, and was gone. This kind, intelligent young man from New Jersey had just committed suicide.” —Kevin Briggs, retired CHP officer

During the course of my 15 years at the Golden Gate Bridge I had the honor of working with Kevin Briggs and I can say that he is as remarkable in person as he is in this video. Kevin saved hundreds of lives and touched even more with his calm presence.

The story of the people whose job it is to deal with suicide attempts needs to come to light and Kevin Briggs is helping with that effort. As we have heard, it is not just the families who are affected by the act—it affects the First Responders and those who deal with the cleanup and aftermath of the act.

There is Hope Make the call

There is Hope
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  11 comments for “Bridging the Gap Between Suicide and Life

  1. January 28, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    That story of his is so deeply sad. I have just been going through my comments from last week to find that you read my Time story in Popshot magazine, and it lead me back to you and this post, which I find so eerie as I’m actually researching this subject and this exact location for something I’m writing at the moment. I will take a lot from this, so thank you for posting it.


    • January 29, 2016 at 3:46 AM

      I am glad that you have found something that helps you with your writing. I look forward to reading it.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. May 16, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    This is so relevant for me right now. The younger sister of one of my daughter’s best friends just committed suicide this week. She was only 21. Such a bright beautiful girl with a close loving family and now there is just so much pain and guilt and grief.


  3. May 16, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    I saw this TED presentation but now you bring it even more near.


    • May 16, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      Thanks, Chris. I have the utmost respect for people like Kevin and the Bridge Officers & Ironworkers who deal with folks who are having the worst day of their lives. It takes a toll on them, and they get stronger for it. It was a privilege to work with them and to get to know them as people.


      • May 16, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        Allan, you voice it exactly right. Thanks for sharing the story of Kevin


  4. May 15, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    I can’t imagine how it would have been for Kevin to face that crowd, talking about the darkest hour. Thanks for sharing this, it’ll surely help someone.


    • May 16, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      Kevin is a light in the darkness and a fine example to all of us. I am grateful that our paths crossed in this lifetime.


  5. May 14, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    That was a wonderful, though difficult TED Talk. Thank you for using your site to bring it forward.


  6. Suzanne
    May 14, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    That story is chilling. What a brilliant idea to bring this issue to light in your blog. Great work.


    • May 14, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Thank you, Suzanne. I hope that it may help someone, somewhere, sometime.

      Sent from my iPhone



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