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In memory of Ryan Patrick Halligan 

1989 - 2003

“This site is dedicated to the memory of my son and for all children suffering from the pain of being bullied and feeling hopeless.  I pray this site will encourage them to seek help and not lose hope.  I invite schools to let me come and share his story in person to inspire change in the hearts and minds of bullies and bystanders. And convince those feeling hopeless and isolated that they are loved beyond belief.”

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 which 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.

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