College of the Canyons will host the Shine a Light on Suicide Awareness and Prevention event in mid-May.
The event will take place on both Tuesday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 11 at the Honor Grove of the Valencia campus.
At night the Honor Grove will be lit up with a lantern display representing the nearly 1100 college students who lose their lives each year due to suicide.
On the second day of the event a Suicide Prevention Seminar will be held in the West PE gym from 2-3:30 p.m.
Those in attendance will be able to learn healthy ways to cope with their stress and alternative methods of dealing with depression.
They will also be able to learn how to help others when they sense they might be a danger to themselves or others.
The seminar will include a presentation by guest speaker, Kevin Berthia.
Berthia’s experience with the topic of suicide is one that can provide inspiration and proof of a better life in the future to those with suicidal tendencies.
In 2005 Berthia was ready to end his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge after dealing with the premature birth of his daughter and the immense medical costs associated with her care.
California Highway Patrol officer Kevin Briggs talked with him for about an hour and a half eventually convincing Berthia to change his mind by reminding him about the good things in his life such as his daughter and being a part of her life.
Berthia now acts as a motivational speaker showing people that things eventually get better suicide is not the answer.