Tonight, “NBC Nightly News” profiled Sgt. Kevin Briggs, who has been stationed at the Golden Gate Bridge for more nearly two decades. He is one of the many police, bridge staff, and volunteers who have encountered people contemplating suicide.
Now, after helping more than 200 people, Briggs is retiring from the California Highway Patrol. He says he will dedicate all of his time to suicide prevention.
“Just getting up in the morning is a blessing. Just waking up,” he said. “And I want people to see that -- to see that it's a gift. Don't throw it away.”
Below, please find online resources for those seeking help.
In an emergency, the AFSP recommends contacting the Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or 911. Alternatively, they suggest going to a hospital emergency room or walk-in clinic.
For help finding a mental health professional, the American Psychiatric Association website can narrow your search for a therapist by location and specialization, among other criteria.