Friday, April 24, 2009

Suicide Prevention Method

from this post

"Kevin Briggs, a friendly, sandy-haired motorcycle patrolman, has a knack for spotting jumpers and talking them back from the edge; he has coaxed in more than two hundred potential jumpers without losing one over the side."

I suspect that the number is inflated; not all of them would have actually jumped.  But that's still an excellent record.  How does he do it?

"He starts talking to a potential jumper by asking, "How are you feeling today?" Then, "What's your plan for tomorrow?" If the person doesn't have a plan, Briggs says, "Well, let's make one. If it doesn't work out, you can always come back here later.""

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