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Mental Health Month: Talk by Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge and grateful survivor

Their viral photograph on the bridge has become an iconic image of our generation. One man, despondent, threatens to jump off the bridge. The other talks to him calmly, imploring him to live.

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, a decade after their paths fatefully crossed, the two men will take the stage together at 7 p.m. in UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium. Sergeant Kevin Briggs, a retired member of the California State Highway Patrol, is known internationally as The Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge, in recognition of the hundreds of lives he saved during his tenure. Kevin Berthia, who will forever be associated with the image of a hopeless young man on a ledge of the Golden Gate Bridge, will share the stage with the man who talked him off that ledge, and share the story of what brought him to that moment – and what has happened since that March day in 2005.

Part of UNCG’s fourth annual Mental Health Month efforts, “The Bridge Between Life and Suicide” is a community-wide endeavor aimed at furthering the conversation about the reality of suicide, and energizing prevention efforts. UNCG Student Health Services, along with the Dean of Students Office, UNCG Police, and the Department of Counseling and Educational Development, has partnered with community groups, including Cone Health Foundation, Weaver Foundation, Sandhills Center, and the Mental Health Association in Greensboro to bring both men to the Triad. Free continuing education credit will be available and provided through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).  The event is free and open to the public.

A full schedule of Mental Health Month events at UNCG includes:

Yoga on the EUC Lawn (Kaplan Commons)
Tuesday, Sept. 8; Wed., Sept. 16; Monday, Sept. 21 – 5-6 p.m.
No experience necessary. Bring a towel or yoga mat & water bottle

Pinwheels for Prevention
September 8-14
A colorful array of pinwheels will be displayed on the EUC Lawn (Kaplan Commons) to symbolize the 1,100 college students lost to suicide each year. This will coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10), and draw attention to the need for awareness and a proactive response to the threat of suicide.

Raise Your Voice
Thursday, September 9 at 7 pm
EUC Starbucks
Open mic night! Join us for an evening of spoken word as we share our stories and talents. For more information or to sign up to perform, email sefrey@uncg.edu

Check Up from the Neck Up – Mental Health Screening Day
Thursday, Sept. 10, noon-2 p.m.
Counseling Center (Student Health Services) & the Office of Multicultural Affairs (EUC)

The Bridge: Between Life and Suicide
Tuesday, September 15 at 7 pm
Aycock Auditorium
Two men named Kevin met on a bridge. The photo of this powerful encounter went viral. Hear their stories.

Careers in Mental Health
Wednesday, September 16 from noon-1 p.m.
Faculty Center (College Ave.)
Jonathan Adams from the Career Services Center will provide an overview of different carrer options and pathways in the mental health field.

Unity Tailgating
Thursday, September 17 at 6 p.m.
UNCG Soccer Stadium
Celebrate National Recovery Month and cheer on the women’s soccer team as they battle Florida State University. Free food, swag, and fireworks!

From Restraints to Recognition: Thriving with Mental Illness
An evening with author Melody Moezzi
Tuesday, September 22, at 6 p.m.
EUC Auditorium
Author, attorney and UN Global expert Melody Moezzi, who has bipolar disorder, speaks out on behalf of those stigmatized by mental illness.