About Hope Starts Here 2023

We invite you to join us for our Annual Hope Starts Here event, on Saturday, November 18th at Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth. The Saturday before Thanksgiving is recognized as International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, a day to support those who have been impacted by suicide.

Our guest speakers Kevin Briggs and Kevin Berthia are traveling from California.  The duo will share their lived experiences leaving participants with a better understanding of the "why" of suicide.

Kevin Briggs was the Guardian (police officer) of the Golden Gate Bridge that helped move people from a place of hopelessness to a place of safety. Kevin’s quote, “sometimes the longest journey we can take is just 18 inches...from our head to our heart.”  Kevin Berthia is a young man who survived a near attempt as Kevin Briggs spent 92 minutes talking to Berthia as he stood on the ledge of the bridge. He will share his perspective from a person who struggles with thoughts of suicide.

Pre-registration required. (Scholarships available if needed)

Please contact us at barb.smith@srrn.net or call 989-781-5260 with any questions.

Hope Starts Here is made possible in part from our Annual Walk for Hope...

Depression and Suicide Awareness event.

Hope Starts Here is held annually on International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day (recognized the Saturday before Thanksgiving). It is a day for family and friends who have experienced a loss to suicide.

Our  local event is here to care for you. This year's event will be on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Bavarian Inn Lodge. It includes welcome food, lunch, and guest speakers.

Room Block

We have a block of rooms reserved at the Bavarian Inn Lodge for our survivors. Contact their reservation department at 855-652-7200 to get a discounted room rate when you use code #13K5AN.