Horizons Mental Health Center received a $12,500 grant from the Hutchinson Regional
Medical Foundation to fund a Suicide Prevention workshop featuring national speakers,
Kevin Hines and Kevin Briggs.
Hines is a suicide survivor. At 19 years old, Hines jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge
after months of struggling with bipolar disorder and suicidal thoughts. Though the fall
would break his body, it wouldn’t crush his spirit. Today, he travels the world giving
presentations about suicide prevention and mental wellness.
Alongside Hines will be Retired Sergeant Kevin Briggs who retired in 2013 after a 23
year career with the California Highway Patrol where he earned the nickname “Guardian
of the Golden Gate.” Briggs’ major responsibilities included patrolling the area
surrounding the Bridge, site of four or more suicide attempts monthly along with a
myriad of other law enforcement calls.
The event, entitled “Breaking Barriers, Restoring Hope” coincides with Suicide
Prevention Awareness Week an annual nationwide observance that runs September 7-13.
The day long workshop is scheduled for 9:00AM – 3:00PM, September 11
At the Hutchinson Ramada Hotel & Convention Center
From 2011-2012, there was a 30 percent increase in suicides in Kansas. Reno County
experienced 11 in 2012. Suicide is the most preventable cause of death.
It’s time to get everyone involved in suicide prevention and mental wellness. Kevin
Hines, Kevin Briggs, among other speakers of the workshop, they will deliver a
compelling message of hope and recovery for those struggling with a mental illness or
suicidal thoughts, but also bring a call to action for professionals and communities across
the State to take part in suicide prevention.
Participants will gain experience and knowledge about integrating suicide prevention
in their professional practice; applying principles and techniques to help individuals in
distress connect to professional help; destigmatize myths surrounding mental health and
suicide; as well as implement evidence-based techniques to identify, understand and
respond to individuals in a mental crisis.