9:00-10:00 AM – Check In
• Welcome food and beverages
• Visit local resource and vendor/activity tables
10:00 AM - WELCOME
Barb Smith, Executive Director of the Barb Smith Suicide Resource & Response Network
10:30 AM - PANEL OF HOPE
A panel of survivors of suicide loss share their grief journey and some experiences that were helpful and others that were not so helpful.
11:30 AM - ART ACTIVITIES
12:00 PM - LUNCH PROVIDED ON SITE
1:00 PM - KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Kevin Briggs and Kevin Berthia
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.
2:00 PM - CLOSING CEREMONIES – Barb Smith