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Suicide risk factors and resources for finding help

During the two decades that Sgt. Kevin Briggs has been stationed at the Golden Gate Bridge, he has helped more than 200 people who were on the bridge contemplating suicide. Kevin Berthia was one of them. NBC's Kate Snow reports.

Tonight, “NBC Nightly News” profiled Sgt. Kevin Briggs, who has been stationed at the Golden Gate Bridge for more nearly two decades. He is one of the many police, bridge staff, and volunteers who have encountered people contemplating suicide.

Now, after helping more than 200 people, Briggs is retiring from the California Highway Patrol. He says he will dedicate all of his time to suicide prevention.

“Just getting up in the morning is a blessing. Just waking up,” he said.  “And I want people to see that -- to see that it's a gift. Don't throw it away.”

Below, please find online resources for those seeking help.  

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a good place to start for those wanting to learn more about risk factors and warning signs, treatment and the latest research.  

In an emergency, the AFSP recommends contacting the Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or 911. Alternatively, they suggest going to a hospital emergency room or walk-in clinic.  

For help finding a mental health professional, the American Psychiatric Association website can narrow your search for a therapist by location and specialization, among other criteria.

And for veterans, the Defense Suicide Prevention Office provides a military crisis hotline, confidential online chat, and other resources for service members and their families.