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John Halligan

Bullying Prevention & Teen Suicide Awareness Advocate

Bullying Prevention & Teen Suicide Awareness Advocate

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Hartford, CT, USA
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John Halligan Biography

John Halligan lost his thirteen-year-old son, Ryan, to suicide on October 7, 2003. At the time of his death, Ryan was a middle school student in Essex Junction, Vermont. It was revealed in much greater detail after Ryan’s death that he was ridiculed and humiliated by peers at school and online.

In memory of his son, Halligan spearheaded the Vermont Bully Prevention bill, signed into law (ACT117) in May 2004 and only a few months after Ryan’s death. He also successfully led the law's passage on mandatory suicide prevention education in public schools (ACT 114) in April 2006.

Mr. Halligan has been outspoken about the need for more education and prevention of bullying, cyberbullying, and teen suicide throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America. He has appeared on several national TV programs, including Primetime with Diane Sawyer, PBS Frontline, and Oprah. Halligan also spoke at the United Nations Cyberhate Seminar in 2009.

In 2019, he published two books: "Ryan’s Story: A Father’s Hard-Earned Lessons on Cyberbullying and Suicide" for adults. "Ryan’s Story: Loved Beyond Belief," for middle and high school students, telling the heartbreaking story of Ryan Halligan’s short life. Both books include tips on safe technology use, strategies for the bullied and bystanders, and suicide prevention.

John Halligan Speaking Topics

  • Student Assembly

    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 voices to stop others from getting bullied at school or online. All will leave this presentation feeling loved, hopeful, and changed.

  • Parent Presentation

    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 interact with their peers in person and online.

John Halligan Videos

  • Ryan's Story Presentation by John Halligan
    An introduction to John Halligan and his son's tragic story of bullying, cyberbullying, and suicide. John has been visiting schools since 2005...
  • Father tours US speaking of tragic results of bullying
    Since his 13-year-old son committed in 2003, John Halligan has toured the country speaking to parents and students about bullying.

John Halligan Books

  • Ryan's Story: Loved Beyond Belief
    Ryan's Story: Loved Beyond Belief
  • Ryan's Story: A Father's Hard-Earned Lessons about Cyberbullying and Suicide
    Ryan's Story: A Father's Hard-Earned Lessons about Cyberbullying and Suicide

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    John Halligan is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Education, Health, Internet and New Media, Mental Health.
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John Halligan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Student Assembly and Parent Presentation. The estimated speaking fee range to book John Halligan for your event is available upon request. John Halligan generally travels from Hartford, CT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dominic Miller, Kevin Szawala, Justin Matott, Jodee Blanco and Keith L. Brown. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Halligan for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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