Our National Mental Health on Campus Conference is exactly one month away, and we couldn’t be more excited about our fantastic lineup of keynote speakers.
Meet our three keynote speakers, who are truly changing the conversation about mental health around the world.
Kevin Briggs, “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge,” Pivotal Points
Sergeant Kevin Briggs has touched hundreds of lives, and continues to reach hundreds more. As a former California Highway Patrol officer, Briggs helped hundreds of people who were contemplating suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge to come back over the bridge’s rail and give life another chance. These challenging, but life-changing efforts earned him the nickname “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge.”
After a 23 year career with the California Highway Patrol, Briggs retired to dedicate his life to promote mental health awareness across the globe, founding Pivotal Points, an organization that works to promote Suicide Prevention, Crisis Management, and Leadership Skills.
Hear him speak Sunday, Nov. 16 from 11 am to 12 pm.
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a founder of UCLA’s Affective Disorder Clinic and a co-author of a standard medical text on bipolar disorder, Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on the subject. She is also one of its survivors.
Jamison provides an insightful perspective as both an expert in bipolar disorder and a sufferer of the disease. She is the author of the national best sellers An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide, and Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament. In addition to her literature success, Jamison is author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers about mood disorders, creativity, and psychopharmacology.
Hear her speak Saturday, Nov. 15 from 11 am to 12 pm.
Frank Warren, creator of the PostSecret Project
Frank Warren started PostSecret as a community art project where he invited total strangers to anonymously mail in their secrets on a homemade postcard. Now, PostSecret is global phenomenon. Frank has received over 1 million secrets in his mailbox with more arriving every day but Sunday.
Across the United States, students have brought PostSecretU, the official PostSecret event for college campuses, to their schools to spark conversations about mental health. PostSecret.com has won seven Webby Awards and is the most visited advertisement-free blog in the world. The postcards have been curated for five New York Times bestselling books (a sixth will be published in November 2014) and have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the American Visionary Art Museum.
Frank has traveled the world sharing secrets and stories from Australia to the White house. In 2011 Frank was awarded the ‘HopeLine Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his work on suicide prevention and was invited to the White House to work on issues of mental wellness.
Hear him speak on Friday, Nov. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. during the annual awards dinner.
If you haven’t already registered, grab your spot at #MHCC14 today!