The John O'Halloran Initiative: Positive Mental Health in Property
The tragic suicide of a retired company MD has prompted action to help improve awareness of mental health issues within the property industry, and help employers provide better support for staff.
The inaugural John O’Halloran Symposium was organised by colleagues and friends of John, who sadly took his own life in 2015 after secretly battling depression for many years.
John O'Halloran FRICS, former MD of BAA Lynton, died in March 2015 at the age of 63. His death came as a great shock to former colleagues, who later decided they’d like to raise awareness of suicide and mental health in his memory.
Backed by LionHeart and hosted by CBRE, the event in May 2016 was attended by people from across the sector as well as mental health campaigners and professionals. It hoped to act as a springboard for raising awareness and
promoting best practice for mental health support throughout the industry.
The original organisers later approached LionHeart to ask if we would take over the running of a longer-term project in John's name. They remain involved in the initiative as a steering committee.
Since 2017, LionHeart has put on annual awareness-raising symposium events in London and other UK cities. All are aimed at continuing the conversations about mental health and sharing best practice among property industry firms.
As well as these events, the project continues year-round with a programme of wellbeing and mental health workshops and webinars.
Other areas of the John O'Halloran Initiative involve:
- Mental health awareness workshops
- Wellbeing workshops
- Time to Change pledge
- Recruiting mental health 'ambassadors'
This short video of John's son, Rob O'Halloran, explains a bit more about the background of the project, and how his family hope something positive will come out of his tragic death as a result.