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Newsletter August 2014

I AM HERE Coalition Newsletter

August 2014

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In This Issue

Message from the Director
Beyond Bullying Conference Highlights New Technology
Here For Youth Recruiting Providers for Database
The Living Room Adding New Groups
Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium Hosts National Speakers
Dallas Leaders to Gather at City Hall for Suicide Prevention Day
New App Designed to Help Parents and Caregivers Prevent Bullying
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Message from the Director

Diana Weaver
Diana Weaver
I AM H·E·R·E Coalition
Where did our summer go? We’ve been asking ourselves that a lot lately and I’ve heard it echoed from many of you as well. It seems like school just ended and now the kids are returning back to the classroom.

The summer has been a busy one for our Coalition. The Beyond Bullying workgroup put on another successful conference last week with more than 130 people attending. Feedback from the evaluations is excellent, with several attendees remarking that this was one of the best workshops they had attended. Kudos go to that committee for bringing quality speakers and information to area teachers and counselors for the fifth consecutive year.

The Here For Youth workgroup has been hard at work since their successful June Open House, following up with providers who have started a profile but not completed it yet. If you know someone who should be listed in this new community resource, please encourage them to go online and complete a profile. It can be as simple or detailed as the provider wants but we hope to include as many resources as possible to give those looking for mental health services an array of choices.

And, The Living Room workgroup has been working all summer to expand the number of support groups for teens in the North Texas area. A new facilitator training will be held in early September and there are several organizations working to launch new groups this fall.

Finally, it was most ironic that the news of Robin Williams’ suicide coincided with our staff’s annual participation in the Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium. There were excellent presentations with new research presented and this just served to underscore the importance of the work our Coalition does. While cases like Robin Williams’ death are tragic, we need to remember that every new initiative is helping to educate our community, reduce stigma and ultimately, save lives.

Please join us on August 27 for our next meeting!

Beyond Bullying Conference Highlights New Technology

More than 130 teachers, counselors and parents gathered on Saturday, August 16 for the I AM H·E·R·E Coalition’s 5th annual conference on bullying prevention, hosted by Region 10 Education Service Center.

This year, the conference was titled “Beyond Bullying: Enhancing Adolescent Mental Health” to expand the scope of the presentations. Expanded topics included new technology and how to keep teens safe, self-harm, the vulnerability of LGBTQ youth to bullying, bullying in the workplace and role-modeling by adults in bullying prevention.

Keynote speaker Rod Pruitt, Safe and Effective Schools Coordinator from Region 14 Education Service Center kicked off the morning with a presentation about new technology and the digital world of cyberbullying.

Beyond Bullying
Rod Pruitt
Rod Pruitt speaking at Beyond Bullying
Pruitt talked about a child’s “digital footprint” that often begins even before the child is born when parents post pictures of sonograms to social media. By the time most youth reach adolescence, they have built an extensive digital file of activities that can be shared with the world. This can lead to an array of issues that parents are often not aware of. He also described many new social media platforms that parents may be less familiar with.

Social media also leads to many school discipline problems even though most often cyberbullying and other issues occur after school hours. “Forty percent of school discipline problems that occur on Monday are due to Facebook Friday,” said Pruitt. He added that the one of the easiest things parents can do is set up a Google alert for their child’s name that will notify them any time anything is posted about the child.

Dr. Ronnie Pollard, child and adolescent psychiatrist with Timberlawn Mental Health System, underscored the link between self-harm and bullying.

“It is important that adults show care and concern when they discover a child is cutting, instead of freaking out,” said Dr. Pollard. “We need to encourage kids to open up about what is bothering them.”

Comments from attendees included:

“Amazing content, very informative.”
“This was an excellent conference. I will definitely return for the next conference.”
“Thank you for all the wonderful information.”

All presentations can be found by going to www.iamherecoalition.org.

This year’s conference also featured 19 sponsors and exhibitors. Many thanks to the sponsors listed below.

Beckloff CARE The Connection Practice Fusion Academy
Insights Mobile Counseling Remuda Ranch Richland Oaks
Right Step Workplace Bullying Prevention Viveri Youth Services Workplace Bullying Prevention

Here For Youth Recruiting Providers for Database

The Here For Youth group is working aggressively to recruit more providers for the database of mental health resources in North Texas. With over 150 providers in the database to date, they are asking all Coalition members to help spread the word.

Submitting information is easy. To get started, providers can go to HereForYouth.com and click on Provider Login, located in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Here For Youth
One thing you can do is ask to make an announcement about the website at meetings you routinely attend. Here For Youth flyers are available for you to take and hand out. Contact the Grant Halliburton Foundation office at 972-744-9790 if you would like to have flyers to distribute.

The Living Room Adding New Groups

The Living Room The Living Room workgroup is gearing up to add several new support groups this fall. Organizations working to start support groups include Lifenet Texas, Jewish Family Service and St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Plano.

Annie Walley, LCSW, clinical therapist with Children’s Medical Center, will hold a facilitator training on Tuesday, September 9 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Grant Halliburton Foundation. Anyone wishing to be trained as a facilitator is welcome to attend.

The Living Room currently has monthly groups in Dallas and Richardson. The Dallas group meets the first Thursday of each month at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Richardson group meets the third Thursday of the month at the Warren Center in Richardson. Find specific information on The Living Room support groups here.

Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium Hosts National Researchers and Leaders

More than 800 people gathered in San Marcos on August 12 for the Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium which featured national and Texas leaders in suicide prevention.

This year’s symposium featured an overview of Texas and national Zero Suicide initiatives, understanding murder-suicide, reducing access to lethal means, military and veteran prevention and intervention, suicide prevention in the emergency room and more.

Sadly, the symposium was held the day after the tragic death of actor Robin Williams was announced, resulting in an increase in media coverage of the symposium. There were over 69,000 symposium-related Tweets.

More information and PowerPoint presentations can be found here.
Dallas Leaders to Gather at City Hall for Suicide Prevention Day

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel will be among the speakers who will gather on Friday, September 12 at Dallas City Hall to mark Suicide Prevention Day.

The event, being sponsored by the Greater Dallas Suicide Prevention Coalition, will be held in the Flag Room of Dallas’ City Hall at 9 a.m. The event is designed to promote suicide awareness and prevention as a part of National Suicide Awareness Week. This year will feature 442 pairs of shoes representing lives lost to suicide in the Greater Dallas area in the past year.

In addition to Mayor Rawlings and Commissioner Daniels, other speakers include City of Dallas Director of Senior Services Valencia Hooper, Coalition Co-Chair Margie Wright and community representatives who have lost loved ones to suicide.

New App Designed to Help Parents and Caregivers Prevent Bullying

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has introduced a new free resource for mobile devices to help parents and caregivers start a conversation with children about bullying.

Research has shown that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying.

The new app, called KnowBullying, encourages dialogue between adults and children and includes:
  • Conversation starters to start a meaningful discussion with the child
  • Tips to prevent bullying
  • Warning signs to know if a child is affected by bullying
  • Reminders to find time to connect with the child
  • Tactics and useful advice regarding social media
  • A section for educators to help prevent bullying in the classroom
The app is available for both Android and iPhone. Download the app here.
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Second Friday Second Friday CEUs
Second Friday of each month, 9 a.m. to noon
Access Counseling Group
2600 K Avenue, Plano, TX 75074

On the second Friday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon, Access Counseling Group presents a CEU program for only $30. To attend, RSVP here.

Upcoming topics:
September 12: "Ethics"
October 10: "Non-Violent Crisis Intervention"

When Life Hands You Teenagers When Life Hands You Teenagers
Friday, September 19, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
8200 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas 75231

Presented by the Grant Halliburton Foundation, this conference deals with the tough issues teens face today, including anxiety, stress, depression, self-harm, addiction, bullying and behavioral disorders. Learn from leading mental health experts how to help teens build resilience, how to look beyond diagnoses and labels to understand their real needs, and how increasing levels of distress, anxiety and trauma are impacting our children’s lives. Registration is $40 and includes lunch. CEUs will be offered. Register now or sign up to be an exhibitor.

Beyond Bullying logo Changing the Odds Conference
Thursday and Friday, October 9-10, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion
300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207

Momentous Institute presents their third annual “Changing the Odds” conference with a theme this year of “Expect Momentous Outcomes.” Headlining the conference this year is New York Times best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, who will examine adversity and offer a new approach for how we view struggles and challenges, reshaping the notion of underdogs versus favorites.

Cost is $400 for both days or $200 per day and the conference and CEUs are available for LPC, LMFT, LCSW and psychologists. Educators will receive a certificate from the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University.

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The Living Room–Dallas
First Thursday of each month, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
UT Southwestern Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Building D, Room D1.502, Dallas 75390

Facilitator: Annie Walley, LCSW, Children’s Medical Center

Contact Annie Walley at (214) 456-2416 for more information. The Living Room is a peer support group for teens struggling with depression and other mental health issues. In addition to this group, a peer support group for parents and family members meets at the same time. Sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) of Dallas in collaboration with I AM H∙E∙R∙E Coalition. Get more information.

The Living Room–Richardson
Third Thursday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Warren Center
320 Custer Rd., Richardson 75080

Facilitator: Jennifer Jobe, MS, LPC-Intern under the supervision of Rachel Meltzer, MA, LPC-S; and Jeri Marshall, MA, LPC-S

This peer support group is for teens struggling with depression and other mental health issues. In addition to this group, a peer support group for parents of adolescents with mental illness meets at the same time. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Dallas in collaboration with I AM H∙E∙R∙E Coalition. Get more information.

Coffee Days logo Coffee Days
First day of each month, 9:30 a.m. | The September meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 2
Grant Halliburton Foundation
6390 LBJ Freeway, Suite 106, Dallas 75240

A monthly peer support group for mothers of teenage or young adult children with mental illness. No advance reservation required. Get more information.

Coffee Days logo Dad2Dad
Oasis Outsourcing
5050 Quorum Drive, Suite 260, Dallas, TX 75254

A monthly peer support group for dads of teenage or young adult children with mental illness. For more information on meeting time and location, e-mail lindsayboykin3@gmail.com or visit the Dad2Dad webpage.

I AM H·E·R·E is an initiative of the Grant Halliburton Foundation.
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I AM H·E·R·E is an initiative of the Grant Halliburton Foundation, a federally-recognized 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. The Foundation is committed to improving mental health for teens and young adults through a community-based, collaborative approach to providing help, education, resources and encouragement.

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