We offer suicide prevention presentations to students, teachers, community & businesses in the Grant County are or any surrounding community. The Cullen’s hope by sharing their story of Ben’s death by suicide and life since, their efforts will reduce the stigma associated with suicide. They wish to offer suicide awareness and prevention tools to prevent others for being in the position they’ve found themselves in. They have spoken to Clubs, Organizations, EMS groups, Police Officers, at conventions, conferences, and continue to do so. Presentations also include audiences at junior high, high school and college levels.
February 15, 2018 – UWP Campus SOS
February 13, 2018 – Community SOS
February 1, 2018 – UWP Campus SOS
January 22, 2018 – Accepted invite from Jodi Moen, LPC Associate Counselor at UWP to attend Grant County asset-mapping meeting at CESA 3 from 2 – 4 PM. Mom, Terry and I went to represent BENS HOPE. Meeting is to set a direction and work to make important changes for improving community mental and behavioral health. This work is part of a Medical College of Wisconsin Advancing a Healthier Community grant project to improve access to support and services.
January 11, 2018 – Pat – Mom’s Winter Circle Class – Online/Skype with 12 other moms who’ve lost their kids to suicide to share stories, offer support and learn techniques for healing.
January 9, 2018 – Community SOS
December 14, 2017 – Pat – Mom’s Winter Circle Class – Online/Skype with 12 other moms who’ve lost their kids to suicide to share stories, offer support and learn techniques for healing.
December 12, 2017 – Community SOS
December 7, 2017 – UWP Campus SOS 5 – 6:30
November 16, 2017 – Accepted invite to PHS Swim Banquet – Received Award/Donation for efforts through BENS HOPE from girls swim team and Coach
November 16, 2017 – UWP Campus SOS 5 – 6:30
November 14, 2017 – Community SOS
November 8, 2017 – Gunderson Clinic presentation – 610 E Taylor St., Prairie Du Chien, WI – 40 – 50 attendees joined us at Gunderson for evening presentation. Range in audience, including counselors, students and adults who’ve attempted. Questions taken upon our wrap up; additional conversations, comments, inquiries following adjournment of event; overwhelmed by love, support and comments for participants and hosts. Kristin was contact, did awesome job with others from Gunderson who put this event on.
November 2, 2017 – UWP Campus SOS 5 – 6:30
October 19, 2017 – UWP Campus SOS 5-6:30
October 19, 2017 – Presentation at CESA 3 to peer group of 14 counselors, hosted by Deb Goold from CESA 3
October 17, 2017 – Meeting at 4 with UWP Counseling Dept– Received recognition/award for BENS HOPE Suicide Awareness/Prevention/Support efforts
October 10, 2017 – Community SOS
October 6 & 7, 2017 – Terry and I accepted invite to partake in Healing Grief Conference at Shalom Center in Dubuque Iowa and will be presenters during afternoon workshop.
October 5, 2017 – UWP Campus SOS 5 – 6:30
September 23, 2017 – BENS HOPE 3rd Annual 5K/2M event with over 400 registered attendees!!
September 14, 2017 – Terry and I accepted invite to speak at Open Forum at UWP Campus after counseling department provided introductions and shared Beyond the Silence Video. Q&A followed.
September 12, 2017 – Community SOS
September 4, 2017 – I decided to join an online class hosted by Elaine, a woman from Georgia mentioned by AFSP. This group is exclusive to mom’s who have lost their child to suicide. I’ve felt for the past months the desire to seek other mothers who can identify and know the pain and anguish of losing a child to suicide. Praying, hopeful and excited to learn tools and techniques to move forward in life and find true joy again. Also to manage the guilt, shame and feelings associated with the stigma that come from “mind chatter” as our instructor calls it. Keeping the faith that as I move forward on my journey, I can share what I’ve learned with others through workshops and events to bring them hope and out of darkness and sadness that can spiral at any given moment. (Total of 4 classes) Also spoke on phone to instructor about having her mentor me for this purpose once the class sessions wrap up.
August 29, 2017 – Two presentations at UWP as requested by Crystal who oversees students; 120 students in Dining Services who will interact with additional 550 students in dining services, but did presentation in two back to back sessions. Shared story of Ben’s suicide, our journey since; went through Safety & Crisis Plan, handed out bracelets and explained resources and informed them of Campus SOS.
August 28, 2017 – Presentation at UWP to 150 RA students as requested from Robin Gore at UWP; These RAs will be in position to interact with hundreds of other students. We shared story of Ben’s suicide, our journey since; went through Safety & Crisis Plan, handed out bracelets and explained resources and informed them of Campus SOS.
August 14, 2017 – Meeting with Daryl Fischer from radio station to promote BENS HOPE event
July 11, 2017 – Community SOS
June 29, 2017- Meeting with Reporter Allie Hinga from the Telegraph Herald – she’s meeting with different families who have endured a tragic loss and are finding goodness through their tragedy. Our story was one of the stories featured with others. After article ran, we received call from Mary Potter Kenyon who asked us to partake in a Healing Grief Conference at Shalom Center in Dubuque this fall.
June19, 2017 – Spoke with Executive Team regarding EPA and presented materials.
June 13, 2017 – Community SOS
May 18, 2017 – Attended Mental Health in the Workplace presentation at WI Bank & Trust from 8 – 10 PM. Speaker was Greg Chism from Madison who also promoted his and other Employee Assistance Program (EAPs). Mostly attendees represented Human Resources. Shared my personal experience when opportunity presented itself to offer perspective they hadn’t considered. Feel EAPs would have been beneficial after Ben’s suicide.
May 9, 2017 – Community SOS
May 4, 2017 – Last Campus SOS at UWP for this school year
May 3, 2017 – Listened to “Screening for Mental Health” Webinar 1 – 2 PM.
May 2, 2017 – Meeting with Barb Daus to discuss BENS HOPE and managing funds/grants/applied for.
April 27, 2017 – Campus SOS meeting held at UWP
April 25, 2017 – To Clarity Clinic – delivered new BENS HOPE bracelets for them to handout.
April 20, 2017 – Terry and I had interview with United Way after applying for monies from them to aid in suicide awareness/prevention efforts.
April 20, 2017 – Two 8th grade presentations at Platteville Middle School 12:00 – 1:40 PM.
April 19, 2017 – Three 8th grade presentations at Platteville Middle School 8:10 – 11:05 AM to educate on suicide awareness/prevention. Also spoke at Parents group meeting in evening from 6 – 7:30 PM at Platteville High School.
April 11, 2017 – Community SOS
April 6, 2017 – Campus SOS meeting held at UWP – this session Royce Hall
March 23, 2017 – Campus SOS meeting held at UWP
March 14, 2017 – Community SOS
March 13, 2017 – Meeting with Bob Lenz from Life Promotions at noon in Appleton, WI at SAP. Prayed together and discussed our efforts to date and offered our services to help promote suicide awareness/prevention and offer support to those he may encounter.
March 2, 2017 – Interview at UWP with Sara from Exponent.
February 28, 2017 – Meeting at Clarity with Mary Ellen and Karen to discuss in-school presentation content.
February 23, 2017 – UWP Campus SOS from 5 – 6:30 PM
February 21, 2017 – Accepted invite from Darlington Lafayette Country Rural Safety Coalition to attend meeting and discuss their efforts of reviewing deaths in kids 21 and under. They realize suicide is creeping into statistics and inquired on how BENS HOPE can contribute. Became our mission through prayers and faith to prepare tools to aid in suicide prevention. Purchased BENS HOPE “tent cards” that contain Safety & Crisis Plan and resource information. We complete these with students during onsite presentations. Also purchased silicone bracelets that contain Suicide Hopeline Text # to utilize when in crisis or struggling. We provide bracelets at presentations at the BENS HOPE Suicide Awareness/Prevention event.
February 14, 2017 – Community SOS
February 9, 2017 – Meeting with Jason Artz at UWP to go over format before first UWP Campus SOS.
February 8, 2017 – Meeting at Clarity with Karen and educator on staff – Mary Ellen to discuss suicide awareness – prevention presentations in schools.
February 6, 2017 – Meeting with Jason Artz at UWP regarding SOS efforts.
January 23, 2017 – Meeting with Vicki Feldman at Platteville Middle School regarding suicide prevention awareness presentations with five – 8th grade classrooms.
January 12, 2017 – Meeting with Jason Artz at UWP regarding SOS efforts at 3:30 PM. Meeting following at Clarity Clinic at 5 PM.
January 10, 2017 – Community SOS
January 5, 2017 – Meeting with Karen at Clarity 4 – 6 PM. Provided brochures and bracelets for tissue donation.
December 9, 2016 – lunch meeting with Katie Banik (and another person from Eye Bank) @ Gina’s to discuss being an Ambassador for Lions Eye Bank.
October 26, 2016 – Meeting with Jason Artz to discuss starting SOS on campus at UWP.
October 12, 2016 – Accepted invitation for lunch and presentation made at CESA 3 to counselors from SW WI area.
October 4, 2016 – Meeting with Director Karen Bradley of Clarity Clinic 4 PM
September 29, 2016 – Accepted invite from Kathy Hottenstein from Tri County Response Team and made presentation at City Hall as part of Night of Enlightenment.
September 27, 2016 – Presentation at Betty Smith’s Home per invite from Beverly Holler (Holler@centurylink.net – 6083488831) with a Women’s Group.
September 24, 2016 – 2nd Annual BENS HOPE Event
September 19, 2016 – Speaking engagement at Dickeyville with EMS group per invite from Dorothy Carey 7 PM.
September 15, 2016 – UWP speaking engagement as panel with others from SOS group per invite from Jason Artz in Nohr Gallery/Ullsvik Center 5 – 6:30.
September 6, 2016 – Terry and I met with Daryl Fischer at Queen B Radio to promote BENS HOPE event September 24, 2016.
August 18, 2016 – SOS Group spoke to Platteville Police Department in training effort to share our stories on experiences good or bad with officials involved in respective suicides.
August 16, 2016 – SOS Group spoke to Platteville Police Department in training effort to share our stories on experiences good or bad with officials involved in respective suicides.
August 2, 2016 – Speaking engagement at 6:15 with EMS crew at SWHC. Invited three attendees from Community SOS to join us, to share their stories as well.
June 15, 2016 – Terry and I spoke at WI Funeral Directors 135 Convention in WI Dells. We were graciously approached by many attendees afterwards who paid their condolences, offered support or gave us accolades on our efforts.