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Newsletter August 2015

I AM HERE Coalition Newsletter

August 2015

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In This Issue

Message from the Chairs
Brian Cuban Keynote Speaker at Beyond Bullying
Here For Youth Workgroup Wraps Up Efforts
New Suicide Prevention Resources Workgroup
Pupil Dilation Predicts Risk for Depression
Childhood Bullying Worse for Mental Health than Maltreatment
Upcoming Events
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WED • AUG 26
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Grant Halliburton Foundation

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Message from the Chairs

Diana Weaver
Diana Weaver
I AM H·E·R·E Coalition
Sierra Sanchez
Sierra Sanchez
I AM H·E·R·E Coalition
Here we are nearing the end of summer and our current year is more than halfway over. As usual our Coalition has been hard at work and some exciting new changes have come out of the Coalition’s work.

First, I am pleased to announce that Sierra Sanchez, senior program coordinator at Grant Halliburton Foundation, will serve as co-chair of the I AM HERE Coalition. Sierra has held leadership roles in other area coalitions as well as having experience working with teens in North Texas schools. Most recently, Sierra was with CONTACT Crisis Line prior to joining the Foundation’s staff in January of this year.

Having Sierra co-chair the Coalition will allow me to focus more time on my other role with the Grant Halliburton Foundation—fund development. Our acquisition of the Teen CONTACT program means that raising funds to sustain our programming is a greater priority than ever before. In addition, Sierra brings skills from the program development side that will serve the Coalition well.

In other news, our Here For Youth workgroup has concluded their work now that our website has been launched. We are proud to announce that we recently hit the “300 mark,” meaning that we now have over 300 providers signed up on the Here For Youth website.

Our Coalition has launched a new workgroup—the Suicide Prevention Resources Workgroup—that will be working on identifying apps that teens use to communicate as well as those they turn to when they need help. They are also looking at launching a PSA contest for high school students during National Suicide Prevention Week.

The Beyond Bullying workgroup is in high gear, getting ready for our annual conference on August 15. They have put together an outstanding group of speakers for this year’s conference. We hope to see many of you there.

We also hope you’ll join us for the next Coalition meeting on Wednesday, August 26. Until then, stay cool!

Brian Cuban Featured as Keynote Speaker at Beyond Bullying

Brian Cuban, author and speaker, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker at the 6th annual Beyond Bullying conference, on Saturday, August 15 at the Region 10 Education Service Center.

The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and feature leading bully prevention and mental health experts who will address bullying, cyberbullying, preventing bullying of LGBT youth, the trauma effects of bullying and how parents can communicate with their children about bullying.

Cuban is author of the best-selling book “Shattered Image,” which tells of his triumph over 27 years of eating disorders, alcoholism, drug addiction and body dysmorphic disorder. He also is the younger brother of Mark Cuban and speaks candidly about his childhood bullying and the road it led him down.

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His keynote, “The B Word: How Bullying Changed My Life,” will focus on his journey from being a victim of bullying to becoming a bully and how this affected his life. The keynote will be followed by two breakout sessions offering three workshops in each session. The group will then come back together for a panel and wrap-up of the morning.

Breakouts include:
  • “The Evolution of Bullying: From Lunch Money Thief to Cyber Terrorist,” Dena Kohleriter, LCSW, Momentous Institute
  • “Breaking the LGBT Bullying Cycle,” Rafael McDonnell and Johnny Humphrey, Resource Center
  • “Invisible Scars: Trauma Effects of Bullying,” Janie Stubblefield, LPC-S, Mobile Counseling
  • “How to Talk So They Will Listen,” Shawnetta Gantt-Wilkins, MA, LPC-S, LCDC, QCC, Dallas County Juvenile Department
  • “Keeping Kids Safe Online From Sexting and Cyberbullying,” Ernest Rivera, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • “A Strategy for Schools: Fostering Resilience and Empathy in Students,” Missy Wall, LMSW, M.Div., Rockwall ISD
Many thanks to the following organizations for their sponsorships of the conference:

BH Force Beckloff CARE The Connection Practice
Scientifically Based Social and Emotional Learning
Insights Mobile Counseling Tiff's Treats Timberlawn  

Here For Youth Workgroup Wraps Up Their Efforts

Here For Youth The Here For Youth workgroup, which has worked on the HereForYouth.com website for the past five years, has now wrapped up its work after the successful launch of website in May. The website is a collaborative effort between the Grant Halliburton Foundation, the North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians and the I AM HERE Coalition.

The new community resource now has more than 300 providers and is accessible through two different websites: HereForYouth.com and NorthTexasHelp.com. HereForYouth.com provides resources and information on child and adolescent mental health, and NorthTexasHelp.com provides resources on adult mental health.

Together, the two websites provide users with a searchable database and information on mental health resources for all ages. Providers who sign up through either website are listed on both.

“The new website is the product of five years of work by members of the Coalition, and has resulted in a resource that has been lacking in the North Texas community,” according to Vanita Halliburton, president of the Grant Halliburton Foundation. “We are deeply indebted to members of the I AM HERE Coalition for helping to make this project a reality.”

Refinements to the website and the addition of content are still underway, but the workgroup’s tasks have been completed.

Suicide Prevention Resources Workgroup to Increase Awareness of Tech Interventions

A new workgroup that will strive to increase awareness of technological preventions and interventions available for teens and young adults has been launched by the I AM HERE Coalition. This workgroup hopes to inform the public about tech apps such as phone apps, online/phone counseling, texting apps and others that are currently available as resources for teens and young adults seeking help for mental health concerns.

The group will also work to promote existing online resources that teens and young adults can turn to.

“Studies of youth show more young people are turning to and being helped by online resources,” said Lauren Roth, Regional Resources Evaluator, Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, who proposed the new project, along with Elizabeth Kaiser, Community Prevention Coordinator, Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and Phil van Guilder, Central Regional Marketing Coordinator, Casa Palmera.

As we become more technologically advanced and dependent, there are more opportunities to seek out help from a mental health perspective and we need to inform both the users and professionals of these new opportunities, added Roth.

Anyone who has an interest in this growing field is invited to join the workgroup.
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Pupil Dilation in Children Predicts Risk for Depression

Looking at how much a child’s pupil dilates in response to an emotional image can help predict his or her risk of depression in the next two years, according to new research from Binghamton University in New York.

The new findings suggest a child’s physiological reaction to sad stimuli, which is measured using pupil dilation, known as pupillometry, can be a potential biomarker of depression risk in some children, according to Dr. Brandon Gibb, a professor of psychology at Binghamton University. The study was recently published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

More important is that pupillometry is an inexpensive tool that could be administered in clinical settings such as pediatricians’ or family practitioners’ offices to help identify children at risk for depression.

Gibb recruited children whose mothers had a history of major depressive disorder and measured their pupil dilation as they viewed angry, happy and sad faces. The research team then conducted follow-up assessments over the next two years, and conducted structured interviews to assess the children’s level of depressive symptoms, as well as the onset of depressive diagnoses.

Children who exhibited relatively greater pupil dilation to sad faces experienced higher levels of depressive symptoms during the follow-up period. They also displayed a shorter time to the onset of a clinically significant depressive episode.

“We think this line of research could eventually lead to universal screenings in pediatricians’ offices to assess future depression risk in kids,” said Gibbs.

Study Suggests Childhood Bullying is Worse for Mental Health than Maltreatment

Childhood bullying may adversely affect children more than maltreatment by adults, according to a newly published study.

The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, is based on research conducted at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. The researchers analyzed data taken from the Great Smoky Mountain Study in the United States and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children based in the United Kingdom.

Previous studies have established the associations between childhood bullying, maltreatment and long-term mental health problems. The researchers for this study wanted to determine if the long-term adverse effects of bullying were due to joint exposure to bullying and maltreatment or whether bullying has its own unique consequences.

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They examined data from both studies and looked for adverse mental outcomes such as anxiety, depression and suicidal tendencies. Maltreatment was defined as physical, emotional or sexual abuse, or severe maladaptive parenting.

Bullying, by contrast, was defined as repeated aggression by peers (such as verbal taunts, physical attacks, or social exclusion) carried out at least once a week.

The researchers found that bullied children in the United Kingdom experienced higher rates of anxiety than those who were mistreated by adults. In the United States, bullied children had higher rates of depression and suicidal tendencies than maltreated children in both groups.

“Being both bullied and maltreated also increased the risk of overall mental health problems, anxiety and depression in both groups,” said lead researcher Professor Dieter Wolke.


Children at Risk CHILDREN AT RISK's Legislative Debrief in North Texas
Tuesday, August 18, 9 to 11 a.m.
Center for Community Cooperation
2900 Live Oak, Dallas, TX 75204

This debrief will allow participants to learn how decisions made by the 84th Texas Legislature will impact our children. Register today to reserve your seat and receive your copy of CHILDREN AT RISK's 84th Legislative Session Report. Cost for attendance is $15 and refreshments will be provided. Register for the Dallas Legislative Debrief.

CHILDREN AT RISK's panel of experts will include:
Mandi Sheridan Kimball, CHILDREN AT RISK
Jason Sabo, Frontera Strategy
Lanet Greenhaw, Dallas Regional Chamber
Madeline McClure, TexProtects
Matt Moore, Children's Health
Susan Hoff, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

brown bag Interagency Network Brownbag
Thursday, September 3, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Region 10 Education Service Center - Abrams Site
904 Abrams Rd. Richardson, TX 75081

Come learn what agencies and services are available to students with special needs and their families in the Region 10 Education Service Center area. This will be a time for community service agencies to share resources available throughout the Region 10 ESC service area. There is no cost associated with this meeting.

Presenting Agencies Please Register At: https://goo.gl/1iA0k7
All Others Please Register At: http://goo.gl/msFE89

When Life Hands You Teenagers When Life Hands You Teenagers
Friday, September 25, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
8200 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas, TX 75231

If you live or work with teenagers, you know the tough issues they face today. Anxiety, stress, depression, self-harm, addiction, bullying and behavioral disorders are all too prevalent—and it’s hard to know how to help. At this conference, you’ll learn from leading mental health experts about how these issues are impacting children's lives and what you can do to help. Registration is $40, and lunch is included. CEUS will be available for LPC and social work. Find out more about sponsorship opportunities. Get more information or register now.

LOSS team 5th Annual National LOSS Team Conference: "Instillation of Hope"
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM - Friday, October 9, 2015 at 4 p.m.
Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County
Hilton Down Town Fort Worth
815 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

This conference will allow you to identify, explore, and design a LOSS Team that will be effective in your community. For communities that currently have a LOSS Team in place, this conference will give you new insight by exploring what other LOSS Teams are doing in their communities, and how to effectively tailor those techniques to fit your own community. Ticket pricing varies from $95-$249. Register here.

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The Living Room - DBSA
First Thursday of each month, 7:30 to 9 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 HERE Coalition. To learn more, visit www.dbsa-dallas.net.

The Living Room - NAMI
3rd Thursday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Warren Center
320 Custer Rd., Richardson, TX 75080

This peer support group is for teens struggling with depression and other mental health issues. Facilitators: Sierra Sanchez, MSSW, and Liz Brock, Grant Halliburton Foundation. 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 HERE Coalition.

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First day of each month, 9:30 a.m. • NEXT MEETING: Monday, June 1
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
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.
For more information, visit www.iamherecoalition.org.
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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