Guardian of the Golden Gate
For more than two decades, Kevin Briggs lived the kind of life where the smallest details could quite literally be the difference between survival and death. He met hundreds of people in their darkest hours, chased to the edge of one of the world’s most popular suicide destinations by demons their closest friends often didn't know about. Talk softly, and slowly. As their names, and if they have children. Talk about hope, but make no false promises. Kevin has helped more than 200 people find a reason to keep living. He’s lost only two. These are his stories.
Kevin Briggs is one of the country’s most active advocates for suicide awareness and prevention. Briggs has been featured in The New Yorker, Men’s Health, and People magazines as well as several national radio and television shows. Briggs regularly travels the country helping businesses learn crisis management and people better learn the signs of suicidal risk as well as the best steps to help prevent a tragedy that still takes the life of an American every 13 minutes. He is the father of two boys and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.Sam Mellinger has worked at The Kansas City Star since 2000, the last five years as a sports columnist. His work has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, Kansas and Missouri Press Associations, and Best American Sports Writing. He lives in Kansas City with his wife Katie and son Samuel. This is his second book.