Consider this: Before you finish reading, someone in the United States will try to kill himself. 

One person takes his own life every 17 minutes. More than 30,000 people in the United States killed themselves last year, and nine times that number attempted suicide. Many of those who have attempted will try again. A large number will be successful on a subsequent attempt. Here's the irony- except for a very, very few, all of the people who commit suicide want desperately to live. They are wanting to end their pain, not their life.

Suicidal thoughts occur when a feeling of hopelessness sets in, rendering notions that one is alone and that pressures and problems are more than one can bear and will never go away. It can be difficult for people who want to commit suicide to see that the pain does go away and the quality of one's life can improve with time.
-Courtesy of The BLUES Project, CSU Northridge

Kevin Hines

Kevin Briggs
MG (Ret.) Mark & Carol Graham

Kevin Hines has reached millions as he travels globally teaching other's the importance of suicide prevention and mental health awareness. He presents on numerous topics from anti-bullying, wellness in the workplace, drug and alcohol prevention and more.

His compelling presentation

always brings the audience to their feet. More importantly, many members 

make contact later to explain

the event as life-changing.


Following his suicide attempt by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge as a youth, Hines has become one of the most sought after speakers of these subjects In the US. Kevin continues his fight for wellness and dedicates his life to working for mental health equality, awareness, and education.


As a member of the CHP for over twenty-three years, with the majority of those years patrolling the Golden Gate Bridge, Sgt. Briggs discovered early that his job required him to take on an unusual role for a police officer: suicide prevention counselor. As a cancer survivor and survivor of multiple heart operations, Briggs' familiarity with personal struggle bonds him with suicidal men and women. With simple empathy, an instinct for improvisation and a refusal to walk away, Briggs has negotiated several hundred people from suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge. Sgt. Briggs retired from the CHP in November 2013. His TED Talk in March 2014 went viral with over 1.3M views.
There is a stigma associated with depression and suicide, and that makes honest and productive conversations on the topic difficult. But that stigma is being erased by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mark Graham and wife Carol Graham as they campaign for more suicide prevention awareness, research and education to audiences nationwide. Named HEROES by People Magazine, The Grahams share their heartbreaking story of losing two sons in less than a year: one to suicide, the other who was serving in Iraq. Since, the Grahams have dedicated their lives to mental health awareness. 

This presentation is a must for so many families coping with the recovery of losing a loved one. It also teaches for awareness going forward.

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The Parsons Company, Inc. 

Phyllis Parsons
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