Kevin is a retired California Highway Patrol sergeant who spent many years negotiating with suicidal subjects on the Golden Gate Bridge. Through his compassion, gentle voice, eye contact, and his innate ability of “listening to understand” encouraged more than 200 individuals over his career to not take their life. These challenging, but rewarding efforts earned him the nickname “Guardian of the Golden Gate.” After a 23-year career with the California Highway Patrol, Kevin now provides engaging and dynamic presentations to audiences ranging from high schools to large universities, mental health conferences, corporations, and military and law enforcement groups.
As an International Speaker, Author and Veteran, Kevin’s story and lived experiences have been featured at the Technology, Entertainment, and Design 2014 Conference as a TED Talk, Ciudad de Las Ideas (Mexico), Yahoo News, The New Yorker Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, NPR’s Bob Edwards Radio Show, People Magazine, USA Today, as well as other magazines, newspapers, radio, and podcasts across the world. His first book, Guardian of the Golden Gate: Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair, was released in July 2015.
Interventions with Individuals in Crisis
The High Price of Mental Illness in the Workplace
Quality of Life
Active Listening Skills
Suicide Prevention and Postvention
Law Enforcement/First Responders
Mental Illness Contacts, Vicarious Trauma and Post Incident Mental Health
Mental Health Professionals
U.S. Army (Infantry): 3 Years
California Dept. of Corrections (Correctional Officer): 3 Years
California Highway Patrol (retired as Motor Sergeant): 23 years
Courses include: California P.O.S.T certified instructor, FBI negotiations trained, Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), Mental Health first Aid, Question/Persude/Refer.
Suicide loss survivor, cancer survivor, and lived experience through multiple heart surgeries.
Your talk was awesome! That email you added late on was incredible. Really breathtaking. And the fact is, you had everyone's rapt attention throughout the talk. I was really struck by your willingness to take a few small tweaks to your already excellent talk. It's rare that someone who's as talented as you as a public speaker is willing to listen like that and be so enjoyable to work with. Many, many thanks for that... and for lighting up our event.I do truly hope and believe that ripples from this talk will lead to more lives being saved. It will be an honor to post it on TED.com.
Chris Anderson Curator, TEDTalk
Sgt. Briggs is one of the most inspirational and amazing persons I have ever met.
Andres Roemer, PhD Consulate General of Mexico San Francisco, California
Kevin provided an excellent example of how ordinary people can do extraordinary things and make a real difference in the lives of others. He was flexible and prepared to go to extreme lengths to get things to work for us as conference organisers – I suppose this attitude is what he took to work on the bridge.
Jorgen Gullestrup, CEO
Mates in Construction (Australia)
“Kevin imparted his knowledge to our Customer Service Team, and the feedback was very positive. I cannot recommend him enough.”
Glorybelle Lillie, Airbnb, Trust and Safety Law Enforcement Manager
"Please know that you are making an immeasurable contribution to the community in which you work as well as having a great impact on the groups with whom you share your experiences."
Joseph P. Clancy, Director, United States Secret Service