Published By: RallyUp Magazine
Mental Health Warrior Zone
Kevin Berthia is a suicide survivor and prevention advocate. Kevin was born with genetic major depression disorder. In 2005, at the age of 22, Kevin attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Eight years after his attempt Kevin was reunited with the officer who talked him back to safety. Since then, Kevin's story of HOPE has touched a diverse group of audiences all around the world. Kevin has had the opportunity to share his story with several magazine outlets along with local and national news stations. Kevin’s story was also featured on the Steve Harvey Show. The photo of him standing on the chord was on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle and placed on the 75 most iconic photos of the 21st Century. Kevin believes that having surviving an attempted suicide plays a major role in the prevention of additional suicides. No one knows more about the darkness that surrounds suicide than those who have walked in its shadow.
RUM: How old were you when you had your bouts with depression?
KEVIN: As early as age 5 I heard voices in my head, and I knew something was different about me. I had no idea that it was depression. My mother told me early in life that I was adopted.
RUM: Take us back to the day of your suicide attempt, what was you feeling?... Was there a life altering event? KEVIN: On March 11, 2005, I was 22 at the time. On that morning I woke up and every painful moment in my life I felt. It was like a semi-truck parked on my chest. I felt like a complete failure, and I was tired of waking up in so much pain every day. I failed at being a father, Brother, Son I did not see any other way out. RUM: You survived! God sent an officer to be your lifeline, how did that day change your life? KEVIN: God sending me Officer Briggs completely changed my entire life. You could have sent me to any first responder in the world. I honestly believe that it had to be him. He had the perfect compassion that I needed without that I am not here today to do this interview. RUM: What are your coping mechanisms and what would you say is your safe place? KEVIN: My coping mechanisms now includes prayer, writing daily achievable goals for myself, support groups, speaking or sharing my testimony, medication, and walking.
RUM: How important is a support system to your mental wellness? KEVIN: Support system is one of the most important tools to have because nobody can do this alone. Everyone needs to know that they are not alone and having the right support system helps you with your healing process. RUM: What would you say to a man who is struggling with life challenges and feel like giving up? KEVIN: If you are struggling today, please know that this struggle is preparing you for your purpose and everything you asked for. Please stay encouraged I not telling you it gets better because it sounds good, I am telling you it gets better because after 22 failed suicide attempts, I know from experience that it can and will get better.
Kevin Berthia Foundation