Ryan's Story Presentation LLC

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Basic Information

Address: 191 Empress Dr Southington, CT 06489
Phone Number: 802-578-8229
Director: John Halligan

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Additional Information

Focus: Cyber bullying and suicide prevention
Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12
Length: 60 minutes
Travel:

USA, Canada and Mexico

Pricing: $1800 for one presentation, $2500 for two presentations Airfare Extra
Workshops:

Ryan's Story

My son’s life story affects students like no other program. This true story inspires them to make positive changes in their lives to reduce bullying, cyberbullying and prevent teen suicides. Students are reached profoundly to examine themselves and how they treat others. Bystanders are inspired to no longer stand by and let others get bullied at school or online. An inspiring lesson about forgiveness is also imparted. All will leave this presentation feeling loved, hopeful and changed.

This assembly program does not get into the specifics of the suicide nor does it express an overly simplistic connection between bullying and suicide. I always make the point that I believe that in the end, my son died of an illness called depression that tragically went undetected and untreated. Bullying was probably a contributing factor, but there was an underlying mental health issue, too. I emphasize to students that if you ever feel suicidal or have a friend you believe to be suicidal, immediately seek help from an adult. I have received numerous compliments from school psychologists about how well I address both bullying and depression and the delicate intersection of both issues.

The student presentation is age-appropriate for grades 5-12 and is 60 minutes. It takes about 45 minutes to tell the story. Then the students are given a brief stand and stretch break. For the remaining time, very important lessons learned are processed with the students including forgiveness, suicide prevention, the role of bystanders and the opportunity to apologize.

Highlights:

My son's life story affects students like no other presentation. This true story inspires them to make positive changes in their lives to reduce bullying, cyberbullying and prevent teen suicides. Students are reached profoundly to examine themselves and how they treat others. Bystanders are inspired to no longer stand by and let others get bullied at school or online. An inspiring lesson about forgiveness is also imparted. All will leave this presentation feeling loved, hopeful and changed.

Mission Statement:

To honor my son's life by turning a tragic suicide into an everlasting life-saving effect on students throughout North America.

Philosophy/Belief Statement: Students learn best through real-life stories, having the biggest impact when told first hand.
Program History:

The first presentation was given in May 2005 and by word of mouth, it began to spread throughout Vermont. After receiving national exposure on the Oprah show in 2009, I decided to leave my executive position at IBM to dedicate the rest of my life to this mission. Since then, I have visited over 2000 schools and reached over a million students.

Testimonials: We only even spoke personally one time, and it was when you came to speak to my class when I was in middle school. I think I was in 7th grade, well now I'm in 11th grade and Ryan's story has still stuck with me. I'm writing an article in my gifted class of somebody I feel is a hero and I picked you. Not only for what you went through but for continuing to pass on the message of suicide prevention and how important it is. I was going through a rough time when I listened to you speak, I was staying up until odd hours of the morning trying to talk my friend out of suicide almost every night. I started to self-harm also, but I've stopped. I really do see you as a hero. After you spoke at the school I came up to you at the end to thank you personally, I hope kids like me are the reason you keep doing this because that was almost 5 years ago and your words still stick in my head. ​ Hi! My name is Gabrielle. Mr. Halligan came to my school in 2009. I was in sixth grade and had just started a new school in September. Almost everyone was extremely mean to me, but hearing Ryan's story changed my outlook on life. I stopped considering suicide. Thank You! I am now going to be starting tenth grade in two weeks. My life has gotten much better and I now have friends. I still think about Ryan's story and it really touches my heart. I cannot remember if I sent an email in 2009 but I wanted to make sure I thanked you. ​ Hello Mr. Halligan, In 2009, you visited my school in Youngsville, Pennsylvania and gave your presentation. Recently, a friend and I were speaking about the issue of bullying and your presentation was brought up. I asked my friend if she remembered your presentation and without hesitation she recalled your and your son's names. We continued to talk about how moving your presentation was and how it will forever stick with us. After our conversation, I revisited your website. It warmed my heart to see that you continue to travel to schools and tell Ryan's story and promote kindness. So, I would like to say thank you for the work that you do, and that you continue to do so. It is inspiring in more ways than I could say. ​ Several days ago I had the pleasure to hear your presentation, as I am a staff member at Long Valley Middle School New Jersey. I have been teaching since the fall of 1967, so I have been subjected to far more useless assemblies than I care to remember! Honestly, your program is positively the best presentation for students that I have ever heard. For once, it was something that was real and tangible. Unless students are emotionally hooked into what is being delivered, they walk away unaffected. Yours, however, resonated and was authentic. ​ Hi John, I'm a school counselor at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland, NY. Thank you for your presentation. I think one of my sixth graders captured it best: "I was moved by it. It made me think. I expected someone to come and tell us to stop bullying. This was different. It made me think. It changed me." ​ Hello Mr. And Mrs. Halligan, My name is Danielle and I live in New Jersey. Mr. Halligan visited my middle school, H.B.Whitehorne, several years ago. As I have grown older, the impact of his presentation has touched my life. This is my first year of college and I've been having a hard time transitioning to living away from home. Everyday I tell myself, "you can always turn an ink blot into a butterfly", and that saying keeps me going. With any situation I find myself in, I repeat this saying in my head and it immensely helps me and puts my situation into perspective. Hearing your story and motivation truly inspires me to persevere and make the world a better place. I think that you are one of the most powerful, motivational voices in the world. Your story is one that everyone must hear and it has changed my outlook on life. I am so thankful for you and your dedication to making this place a better world. Sincerely, Danielle ​ Thank you for having the courage to tell this story over and over again. I can’t imagine how hard it is to constantly open up and share this unbearable pain. My son asked me to go to your lecture last night, I am embarrassed to say that like every busy parent, I ignored the emails inviting us to this presentation. Having my son who is in the throes of navigating middle school tell me to go, made me get in my car after a long, busy day to sit and listen. Wow, was it worth it. I learned quite a bit about how I need to communicate with my son and have this on-going conversation about how to treat others. Tell your next audience of kids to encourage their parents to attend. Just like peer pressure, children can often persuade their parents to take action better than a slew of emails. ​Thank you for dedicating your life to saving our kids lives. I have no doubt you are preventing many kids from hurting themselves and others. - a parent who attended the parent presentation