Kevin  Berthia

Kevin Berthia

Kevin Berthia lost sight of gratitude in 2005 when he attempted to take his life at The Golden Gate Bridge. After jumping the railing, he stood on a narrow cord about 220 feet in the air. For 96 minutes, with nothing to stop him from falling except a listening ear, with his head pressed to the Golden Gate's tower and the heels of his shoes resting on nothing but air, Kevin spoke with a first responder who eventually talked him back over the railing. Since then, he has presented his story of hope, on the impact of listening, to national audiences and has been featured by multiple media outlets. The photo of Kevin standing on the cord was front page of the San Francisco Chronicle and one of the 75 most iconic photos of the 21st Century. Today, Kevin Berthia is a grateful Suicide Prevention Advocate, encouraging people to talk through their problems rather than think about ending their lives. Kevin believes that depression may be a part of you, but it is not who you are.