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Newsletter December 2014

I AM HERE Coalition Newsletter

December 2014

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In This Issue

Message from the Director
Second Windows to Hope Conference Planned
HereForYouth.com Launches
The Living Room Expansion Continues
Teen Cyber Dating Abuse on the Rise
Stress and Stimulant Drug Abuse
Upcoming Events
Next Meeting

WED • JAN 28
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Grant Halliburton Foundation

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Message from the Director

Diana Weaver
Diana Weaver
I AM H·E·R·E Coalition
This holiday season, I am especially thankful for our wonderful Coalition members. We have made great strides to improve the mental well-being of our young people by coming together as a community this year.

In February, we held our first-ever Windows to Hope conference for those in the faith community. More than 150 people, many of whom work in faith settings, learned about the development of common mental illnesses during adolescence and how to recognize and help teens who are struggling.

The Here For Youth website has now had its “soft launch,” thanks to a lot of hard work by that workgroup. We held two open house events and the number of completed provider profiles increased from just 25 last spring to more than 200 when we launched last month.

This summer, we held our fifth annual Beyond Bullying conference and, once again, it was a packed house. Attendees learned about new technology and its impact on bullying as well a host of other topics that will help them stay current on this ever-evolving issue.

The Living Room support groups continue to expand. We now have 20 facilitators trained and new groups forming. There are currently five groups operating and several more will be launching in early 2015. These groups are free and open to teens and young adults throughout the metroplex.

I look forward to working with all of you on making 2015 an even more productive year as we pool our talent and resources to address the mental health needs of teens and young adults in our community. Here’s wishing each of you a very happy holiday season. Thanks for all you do!

Second Windows to Hope Conference Planned

Plans are underway to draw together the faith community and the mental health community in a second Windows to Hope conference, slated for early 2015. While the date and venue have not been finalized, the workgroup has been hard at work planning speakers and sessions to educate youth ministers and youth leaders to become gatekeepers and provide them with resources for young people and their parents.

“We want to teach these clergy and others in the faith setting how to recognize the signs of a struggling teen and how to have the conversation to get them the help they need,” said Janie Stubblefield, Mobile Counseling and co-facilitator of the workgroup.

Windows to Hope
Stubblefield and Linda Rossi, Elevate Youth!, the group’s other co-facilitator, stress that they want this conference to offer faith leaders working with youth practical solutions for dealing with complicated issues such as cutting, eating disorders, drugs and alcohol, depression, gender issues and suicide.

Look for more information on the Windows to Hope conference soon.

HereForYouth.com Launches

Here For Youth Here For Youth, a comprehensive website of mental health resources for children, teens and young adults in North Texas, was soft-launched on November 6.

The database has more than 200 providers, including psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and counselors, mental health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient programs and more. Additional providers are being added regularly and the workgroup hopes to have 300 providers in the database by year-end.

“This website is the culmination of several years of hard work by our Coalition’s workgroup and we are grateful that so many community partners have come together to provide North Texas with this new resource,” said Vanita Halliburton, president of the Grant Halliburton Foundation.

The workgroup held two open house events—one in the summer and one this fall—to encourage providers to create profiles in the database and help them get started.

“We want our users to pull up as many different options as possible when they search for resources,” Halliburton said.

Additional informational content will be uploaded to the site in early 2015 and the full site will be launched in the spring. 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.

The Living Room to Add More Groups in 2015

The Living Room peer support groups grew from one at the beginning of 2014 to five groups currently meeting in the Metroplex, and plans are underway to add additional groups in 2015.

The Living Room peer support groups are offered free to youth between the ages of 13 and 21 in a number of schools and community settings throughout Dallas. The groups are led by trained adult facilitators and at some locations, a peer support group for parents meets at the same time.

A new group is slated to launch in early 2015 at Clearwater Community Church in Richardson. Several other area churches have also expressed an interest in starting groups.

The Living Room
The Living Room is also discussing a partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to explore the feasibility of adding more parent support groups to meet concurrently with The Living Room groups for teens.

Get more information about The Living Room support groups, including meeting times and locations.

Cyber Dating Abuse Among Teens Becoming More Common

Here For Youth While the prevalence of teen dating violence has been increasing, cyber dating abuse is also becoming more common among teens. In a recently published study by investigators at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 41 percent of teens reported having been victims of cyber dating abuse in the previous three months, with females reporting more frequency than males.

The study, published in last month’s journal Pediatrics, looked at 1,008 youth ages 14 to 19 years old seeking care at school-based health centers in Northern California during the 2012-2013 school year. The researchers also found that cyber dating abuse was generally associated with other forms of adolescent relationship abuse, sexual violence and reproductive and sexual health issues, raising public health concerns as these patterns are generally associated with poor health outcomes.

Of the 41 percent who reported the abuse, 12.6 percent reported that the abuse was sexual. This included a partner trying to talk about sex when the participant did not want to; asking the participant to do something sexual; and publicly sharing nude or seminude photos of the participant.

A greater number of females also reported nonsexual cyber dating abuse. This included repeated attempts to find out where the participants were, who they were with and making mean, threatening or aggressive comments as well as spreading rumors about the participant. A majority of respondents (69 percent) who reported sexual abuse also reported nonsexual abuse.

The researchers write that overall, “the findings are particularly salient for health care providers and health educators working in clinical or school-based settings. Providers need to be aware of the extent to which cyber dating abuse may be associated with sexual behavior, other forms of partner abuse, and nonpartner sexual violence.

Stressing the importance of talking about these issues with adolescent patients, they add that “educating youth about what constitutes cyber dating abuse and offering strategies on how to manage technology to reduce risk for such abuse may be helpful intervention components to implement.”

Overstress in College Students Linked to ADHD Stimulant Drug Abuse

The stress of college life is taking its toll on students as one in five admit to abusing prescription stimulants, according to a new survey sponsored by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. This is compared to one in seven non-students who admitted abusing the prescription drugs.

Young people between the ages of 18 and 25 report using the drugs—most commonly drugs prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—to help them manage the daily demands of academics, work and social pressures. The survey also confirms that the abuse of prescription stimulants is becoming normalized among current college students and other young adults.

In addition, the data collected found that older students—sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students—were more prone to engage in this behavior as compared to college freshman.

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“The reasons that current college students and other young adults give for abusing these prescription medications are focused on achieving functional goals such as studying, working or staying awake,” says the report. “They clearly seem to recognize the importance of succeeding at school and work, yet they value maintaining a vibrant social life at the same time, and feel that it can be difficult to maintain a balance between the two priorities.”

The nationally representative study, conducted by an independent research firm, surveyed more than 1,600 young adults online this past summer, including approximately 1,000 college students.

The survey showed that college students perceived tangible rewards after they abused the prescription stimulants, with nearly two-thirds of college students who abused the stimulants (64 percent) indicating that doing so helped them obtain a higher grade, improve work performance or gain a competitive edge.

Among other key findings is the ease with which students can obtain and misuse the medications. Many students obtain the medications from friends rather than “dealers,” and more than a quarter of individuals who are legally prescribed the stimulants report exaggerating symptoms to obtain a larger dosage of medication from their physicians.

Young people also view the abuse of prescription stimulants as less risky than the abuse of prescription pain relievers, smoking cigarettes or binge drinking.

“These new data confirm that college students are misusing and abusing prescription stimulants in a misguided effort to manage their lives because they are burning the candle at both ends,” said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “This fact presents an opportunity for parents and health care professionals to play a pivotal role in helping students better manage their time and the commitments that are stressing them out.”

Here For Youth

Momentous Institute “Conexiόn: Diversity Training for Working with Latino Clients”
Friday, January 30, 2015, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Momentous Institute
106 E. 10th St.
Dallas, TX 75203

Interested in increasing your knowledge base and competence in working with Latinos? Bilingual clinical social worker, Leticia Sanchez Sullivan, MSW and bilingual licensed psychologist, Jeannette Gordon Reinoso, PhD will draw from their training and clinical work with English- and Spanish-speaking Latinos to discuss Latino worldview, norms, values, and spirituality as well as acculturation and the process and impact of immigration on the individual as well as the family. They will address therapists’ role and ways to increase competence and perform culturally sensitive intake, diagnosis, and treatment. Case examples will be included. Attendees will receive 3.0 Diversity hours. Get more information or register here.

TCU Adolescent Symposium of Texas 2015
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4999 Naaman Forest Blvd.
Garland, TX 75040

The 39th Annual Adolescent Symposium is a one-day educational seminar that brings together more than 500 professionals who work with youth in schools, social services, juvenile justice, law enforcement, mental health and other related services. The symposium includes exhibits and over 30 workshops. Keynote speaker will be Dr. David Henderson, noted psychiatrist and author, who will speak on “Teenage Zombies: Resurrecting the Undead to a Deeper Sense of Purpose, Meaning and Hope.” For more information on workshops and registration, click here.

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The Living Room is a network of FREE peer support groups designed for teens who are dealing with mental health challenges and could benefit from connecting with others. The groups are led by trained adult facilitators. At some locations, a peer support group for parents meets at the same time. For more information, call (972) 744-9790. Get more information.

1st Thursday of each month
7:30 to 9 p.m.
UT Southwestern Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd
Building D, Room D1.502, Dallas
Parent support group available

2nd Thursday of each month
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Lifenet Texas
9708 Skillman Street, Dallas

4th Thursday of each month
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Lifenet Texas
9708 Skillman Street, Dallas
2nd Thursday of each month
7 to 8:30 p.m.
CE Counseling Services
8035 E. RL Thornton Fwy
Suite 117, Dallas

3rd Thursday of each month
7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Warren Center
320 Custer Road, Richardson
Parent support group available

Coffee Days logo Coffee Days
First day of each month, 9:30 a.m. • NEXT MEETING: Monday, January 12
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.
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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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