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This site is dedicated to my son and children suffering from being bullied. I pray this site will encourage them to seek help and not lose hope. I pray it will motivate schools to invite me to share Ryan's story with their school community of students and parents. This opportunity will inspire bullies and bystanders to change their hearts and minds and convince those feeling hopeless and isolated that they are loved beyond belief. It will also provide a call to action by parents to not let social media overwhelm their child's mental health.
On October 7, 2003, Mr. Halligan lost his 13- year- old son, Ryan, to suicide. It was revealed in greater detail, after Ryan’s death, that he was ridiculed and humiliated by his peers at his middle school and online.
In 2004, Mr. Halligan spearheaded the Vermont Bullying Prevention law in honor of
his son Ryan. In 2006, he then led the passing of a law that requires education
about suicide prevention in public schools. Mr. Halligan has made it his life’s work to spread the need for awareness and prevention of bullying, cyberbullying, and teen suicide in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.
He has appeared on several national TV programs, including Oprah, Primetime with Diane Sawyer, and PBS Frontline. Mr. Halligan has spoken to over 2000 schools spreading his message of hope, kindness, and forgiveness.
In 2019, he published two books - Ryan’s Story: A Father’s Hard-Earned Lessons on Cyberbullying and Suicide, for adults, and Ryan’s Story: Loved Beyond Belief, for middle and high school students, tell the heartbreaking story of Ryan Halligan’s short life. Both books include tips on safe technology use, strategies for targets of bullying and bystanders, and suicide prevention.
Both books are available for purchase on Amazon. Click here to learn more.
Presentations for Students and Parents
More than 2000 schools and well over 1 Million students reached throughout the United States and Latin America since 2009
My program for middle and high schools has a long-standing reputation for changing and saving young lives while effectively addressing bullying and suicide prevention. The students always remain entirely engaged as I tell my son's heartbreaking life story. Their hearts and minds are always reached with inspiring life-changing lessons from his story, including:
Forgiveness is a much better state of mind.
Suicide prevention is achieved through self-advocacy and advocacy for others.
Be an up-stander and not a bystander.
Apologize if you owe one.
You are loved beyond belief!
I would love the opportunity to present to your students and their parents too.
Length: 60 minutes
Ryan's Story inspires students to make positive changes in their lives towards reducing bullying, cyber-bullying and preventing teen suicides. Students are reached deeply and profoundly and are encouraged to examine their lives and how they treat others. Bystanders are inspired to stand by no longer and use their voice to stop others from getting bullied at school or online. All will leave this presentation feeling loved, hopeful and changed.
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Length: 90 minutes
Ryan’s Story / A Father’s Hard-Earned Lessons About Cyberbullying and Suicide shares the lessons learned from my family's tragedy. It is updated every school year to address the latest social media problems facing preteens and teens. Practical recommendations are provided for parents to prevent suicide and bullying. Parents will get an unambiguous message that they need to step up and take responsibility for how their child uses technology and interacts with their peers in person and online.
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My name is Stephanie, and you came to talk at my middle school around 2011. Although I was very young, Ryans story touched me in ways I didn't think were possible. I know Ryan's story touched many people in my school, even those I thought would ignore it. I graduated high school in 2015 from Chelmsford High, and graduated college (University of Massachusetts Lowell) with a Psychology major and Criminal Justice Minor in spring 2019. Ryans story has stayed with me since I was 14 years old, and I am 22 now. You have imprinted on me, lessons I never would've learned. I am keeping your family in my prayers and heart; and there isn't a week that goes by that I don't think back to the presentation and story you told.
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.
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
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.
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