Published on April 07, 2017

Owensboro Health To Host Mental Health Awareness Events

Events are hosted in partnership with Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition

Owensboro Health will host two events focused on behavioral health in April, inviting community partners and interested individuals to attend.

Both events are being hosted in collaboration with the Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition and will be held in the auditorium of the Pleasant Valley Center, the medical office building connected to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.

The details of the events are as follows:

Zero Suicide Information Session – April 10, 2017, 1 to 4 p.m.

The Zero Suicide initiative is a national push to eliminate suicides in healthcare settings. The initiative offers tools, strategies and support for healthcare providers and organizations. The ultimate goal is to improve outcomes and mental health support for both patients and those working in healthcare settings.

For more information about the Zero Suicide initiative, visit For more information about this event, call 270-316-2706.

Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition Annual Conference
April 27, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Sign-in begins at 6 p.m.)

This event will feature a pair of speakers who have come a long way since their first meeting…

On March, 11 2005, Kevin Berthia climbed over the rail on San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Overwhelmed by recent events in his life, he was seconds away from leaping to his death.  

Then he heard four words that changed his life. “Hey, wait a minute.”

For 92 minutes, Sgt. Kevin Briggs of the California Highway Patrol listened to Mr. Berthia without judging. By listening to understand, he persuaded Mr. Berthia to climb to safety and receive help.

Today, 12 years later, the two have teamed up to make a difference by offering hope to others.

About the speakers:

    • Kevin Berthia is a suicide prevention advocate and public speaker who works to help others by channeling his own experiences and struggles. Once on the verge of suicide, he now speaks to mental health advocates and interested individuals, offering insight and advice on how to offer hope and help to those wrestling with mental health issues. 
    • Sgt. Kevin Briggs (Ret.) is a 23-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol. During his CHP career, Sgt. Briggs regularly patrolled the Golden Gate Bridge and helped convince more than 200 individuals from jumping to their deaths. His efforts earned him the nickname “The Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge.” Though retired, he continues to devote his efforts to suicide prevention.

Sign up for this event by going to Seating is limited, so signing up in advance is encouraged. 

Contact: Brian Hamby, Director of Owensboro Health Marketing & Public Relations, (O) 270-685-7749, (C) 270-316-4274,


About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit

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