Engaging In Conversation Can Save a Life!


Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews Kevin Hines about nets on the Golden Gate Bridge


Excellent interview with Kevin Hines author of “Cracked Not Broken” regarding nets on the Golden Gate Bridge. Kevin states in this interview, “If one person would have been there when I was waiting to jump and ask me if I was okay, I never would have jumped and I would have told them everything.” Thank you Friends of the Vista Bridge Volunteers. Your work saved many lives!

“Cracked Not Broken” by Kevin Hines

Kevin Hines jumped off of the Golden Gate Bridge at the age of 19 and survived.  He is one of a handful of people that has survived the 25 story fall.  He suffers from bipolar disorder.  His story is incredible and he has dedicated his life to lecturing on the disease and raising awareness.  He is also featured in the movie “The Bridge.”  57 million Americans suffer from mental health issues.  Incarceration is not the answer.  What society needs is the funding of mental health awareness programs.  Kevin is also strategic in working with the city of San Francisco to have a net placed under the Golden Gate.  I highly recommend this book.


Vista Bridge Advisory Committee is launched through the City of Portland

I am now on the Vista Bridge Advisory Committee that has been launched through the City of Portland and headed by Commissioner Steve Novick.  Our mission is to advise Commissioner Novick on a permanent structure to replace the fence on the Vista Bridge.  Here is a list of everyone on the committee:

Denise Archer, Community Activist

Bill Failing, President, Oregon Historical Society

William Hawkins, FAIA

Bonnie Kahn, Art Business Coach

Chet Orloff, PSU

Richard Potestio, Architect

Donald Stastny, FAIA, FAIC

Patty Tillett, FAIA, FAICP

Mayor Bud Clark, Neighborhood Representative

Michael Molinaro, Architect


We will be meeting on a regular basis.  I will keep everyone informed on the progress!

Friends of the Vista Bridge Story

Ken and I are looking for opportunities to speak publicly about our process of creating our organization Friends of the Vista Bridge.  We realize that our program’s success has been because of the willingness of the community to work together.  We believe we can work with other communities to create similar programs.  Please contact us.

New “Safe Talk” training offered

There will be at training called “Safe Talk” this Thursday, August 15 at 5:30 at Lines For Life.  Their location is 5100 SW Macadam Ave. Suite #400 97239.  Please call to reserve a spot. 503-244-5211
All volunteers need to attend the training.

New date for suicide prevention training at Lines for Life







We need volunteers to patrol the Vista Bridge. You can get free training at Lines for Life

There will be a second training at Lines for Life in the evening:

Tuesday July 30th 5:30 to 9:30 PM

Lines for Life
5100 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 400
Portland, OR 97239

RSVP 503-244-5211

City will place a temporary barrier on Vista Bridge.


Thank you Commissioner Steve Novick!  To read more, click here 

June10-The Associated Press has taken our story nationally and internationally.



In wake of deaths, group pushes for suicide barrier at majestic arch bridge


By Associated Press,June 09, 2013


PORTLAND, Ore. — On a sunny January afternoon, 12 stories above a busy street, a newly engaged 19-year-old woman jumped to her death from a spectacular arch bridge west of downtown Portland. Last month, in the middle of the night, a 40-year-old man did the same. Last week, yet another person — a 15-year-old girl — plunged from the span.



Suicide Awareness is raised. Candlelight Vigil is held on Saturday, June 8

6-8-13KGWPORTLAND – On Saturday friends and family held a candlelight vigil honoring a 15-year-old who took her own life by jumping off the Vista Bridge in Southwest Portland.

The people at Saturday’s vigil brought candles and left flowers. They said the purpose was to raise awareness about suicide and to start the conversation, getting people talking about prevention.



These incredible groups were at the Vigil to offer support: