Governor of New Mexico Eyes Suicide Prevention at Taos Bridge

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Artist’s Boot Camp Show Donates a Percentage of Their Sales to Friends of The Vista Bridge

Bonnie Kahn’s Artist Boot Camp is having a show at Muse Art and Design, 4220 SE Hawthorne, Friday,  Sept. 5, 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The artists are fabulous and many of the artists are donating a percentage of the sales to the Friends of the Vista Bridge! Friends of the Vista Bridge is a non-profit 501 (c) (3).  Our Fiscal Sponsor is Lines For Life.  We are in the process of raising money to replace the temporary fence on the Vista Bridge with a permanent structure.

 

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Do Not Call Robin Williams Death A Waste

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/elizabeth-hawksworth/robin-williams-suicide_b_5670205.html

Engaging In Conversation Can Save a Life!

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

http://vimeo.com/98823340

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.


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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

 

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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