The leap not taken

After the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in China, the Golden Gate Bridge, in San Francisco, is the second-most used suicide site in the world. But retired California Highway Patrol Sergeant Kevin Briggs is responsible for saving hundreds from taking that leap…

From 1994 to 2013 Briggs patrolled the bridge and talked down strangers thinking of ending their lives. “I try to think, if I was in their shoes, what would I want to happen?” asked Briggs.

Now, retired from his duties, he continues his work with his organization called “Pivotal Points.”

In this week’s Full Frame Close Up, Briggs talks about his mission to prevent suicide, around the globe, by teaching others how to persuade people to step back from the ledge and talk to someone about their struggles.

Never an easy task. Good reasons, bad reasons, push people to the edge of suicide. Frankly, I’m a supporter of the right to make that decision – as an informed, balanced decision.

Which is not always the precursor to what finds someone on the railing of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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