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Newsletter June/July 2014

I AM HERE Coalition Newsletter

June/July 2014

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In This Issue

Message from the Director
Here For Youth Triples Listings
Beyond Bullying Registration Open
New Facilitators Trained For The Living Room
Two New Suicide Prevention Apps
Upcoming Events
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Message from the Director

Diana Weaver
Diana Weaver
I AM H·E·R·E Coalition
I remember back when the arrival of summer meant the arrival of less hectic days. School was out, vacations started and work slowed down just a bit.

Not so anymore, and especially not so for our Coalition! It seems like all of our workgroups have been engaged in a flurry of activity and this month particularly has been an exciting one. Our Here For Youth workgroup hosted an Open House last week to help providers submit their information for the new online searchable database.

Our Beyond Bullying workgroup is working hard to present one of our best conferences ever. Registrations are coming in daily and we already have a number of sponsors and exhibitors. I am so excited about our speakers this year who will be covering a broad range of topics that will help teachers, counselors and parents who deal with adolescents. A new detailed schedule of speakers is presented later in this newsletter.

Not to be left behind, The Living Room workgroup held another facilitator training this month and is working with several area churches on getting adolescent peer support groups set up to launch this fall.

This is an exciting time for the Coalition and if you haven’t been able to attend recently, please plan to attend one of our upcoming meetings. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, July 23 at 3 p.m. We hope to see you then.

Here For Youth Triples Listings During Open House

open house More than 75 people attended the Here For Youth Open House, hosted by the workgroup for the new resources website on Wednesday, June 25. The result: the number of listings in the Here For Youth database more than tripled in one day.

The all-day Open House drew providers from the mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse communities who were able to complete their online profiles with assistance from members of the workgroup, visit with other providers and enjoy food and beverages donated by Coalition members.

Door prizes donated by Coalition members were awarded every hour and many attendees left with a Starbucks or other gift card.

For those who missed last week’s Open House, another one will be held on Wednesday, July 2 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at 12700 Preston Rd., Suite 130, Dallas. The Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) will be holding a meeting there at 11:30 a.m. All providers of mental health resources are invited to come by between 9 and 11:30 a.m. to enter their information into the database.

For those who would like to have their listing included, visit www.HereForYouth.com and follow the instructions online.
open house

Beyond Bullying Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Beyond Bullying: Enhancing Adolescent Mental Health conference, being held Saturday, August 16 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, self-harm, healthy masculinity, preventing bullying of LGBT youth and workplace bullying.

Keynote speakers will be Rod Pruitt, Safe and Effective Schools Consultant with Region 14 Education Service Center and former state bully prevention coordinator, and Dr. Ronnie Pollard, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Timberlawn Mental Health System.

Beyond Bullying
The keynotes will be followed by two breakout sessions offering three workshops in each session. The group will then come back together for a brief wrap-up of the morning.

Register here to attend the conference. The cost is $10 per person and includes a continental breakfast. A limited number of slots for sponsors and exhibitors is available on a first come-first served basis. Contact Janie Stubblefield at Janie.stubblefield@gmail.com for more information or sign-up online.

Many thanks to the following organizations for their sponsorship of the conference:
CARE The Connection Practice
Insights Remuda Ranch
Richland Oaks Right Step Workplace Bullying Prevention Workplace Bullying Prevention

Schedule and Workshops for Beyond Bullying
Keynote 1

Keynote 2

Breakout Sessions 1

Breakout Sessions 2
Technology Safety for Teens and Tweens
Rod Pruitt, Region 14 Education Service Center

Uncovered: Understanding Self-Harming Behaviors
Dr. Ronnie Pollard, Timberlawn Mental Health System

Session A: Bully Prevention–Top 10 Cost-Effective Measures for Bully Prevention
Rod Pruitt, Region 14 Education Service Center

Session B: LGBTQ Youth and Bullying: Resources to Keep Our Youth Safe
J. Michael Cruz, Ph.D., Youth First, Resource Center

Session C: Navigating Toxic Stress: A Map for Youngsters and Those Who Care for Them
Matthew Leahy and Alma Villareal, Momentous Institute

Session A: Unmasking Masculinity
Natalie Anderson and Matt Jacobs, Be Project, The Family Place

Session B: What Happens When Bullies Grow Up?
JoLynn Nelson, Workplace Bullying Prevention Center

Session C: The Bully in the Mirror: When Teachers or Parents Bully
Abel Tomatis, Ph.D., Dallas ISD

New Facilitators Trained for The Living Room

New facilitators have been trained for The Living Room and several churches have expressed an interest in forming groups for the fall.

The Living Room workgroup has focused on putting operational procedures in place as the groups expand and look at new ways to reach teens with mental health issues out in the community.

"The new group that we launched in March at The Warren Center, in collaboration with NAMI, has shown us that there is a real need for more of these groups out in the community," says Annie Walley, The Living Room workgroup co-facilitator. "Churches and community centers are a natural gathering place for teens and we are excited to be expanding into new communities with The Living Room groups."

The Living Room
Currently, The Living Room has a peer support group for adolescents meeting the first Thursday of the month at UT Southwestern in Dallas and one meeting the third Thursday of the month at The Warren Center in Richardson.

Two New Apps Help With Suicide Prevention

Two apps developed by Mental Health America (MHA) of Texas are helpful in suicide prevention. The ASK About Suicide and Hope Box apps are both designed to help those facing a mental health crisis. MHA Texas encourages everyone to have these free apps available for ready reference in case of a mental health emergency.

Ask About Suicide to Save a Life
This app is based on a non-proprietary suicide prevention training program called ASK (Ask about suicide / Seek more information / Know where to refer) developed by Mental Health America of Texas.

The app, useful when a person is in crisis, provides tools and resources to finding the right help and can make a difference in the outcome.

Click here to learn more about the ASK suicide prevention program or search “suicide prevention” in the App Store on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
ASK app
Hope Box App
2 Day I Am is a microsite and digital community where teens can post and discover hopeful, inspiring messaging. Mental Health America of Texas’ Hope Box contains messages, contact information, pictures, and a scrapbook to store personalized information that promotes mental wellness and can aid persons in a mental health crisis. The mobile environment gives users immediate access to their safety resources. Features include:
  • Camera to take, store, label and share pictures of persons, places and things important to the user
  • Scrapbook to make, store and send text-based messages
  • Customized option settings to choose the color of the Hope Box
  • Address book that includes suicide prevention hotline information
  • Messages tailored to individual input about their emotional state at each use.
  • Password-protected to ensure privacy.
ASK app


Here For Youth Here For Youth Open House
Wednesday, July 2, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Preston Place
12700 Preston Rd., Suite 130, Dallas 75230

If you missed the Here For Youth open house last week, here’s your second chance! Join us this Wednesday morning, July 2, for an opportunity to learn more about this vital mental health resource for North Texas. We’ll have refreshments, door prizes, and people on hand to help you enter your information for the online database. Can’t make it to the Open House? Submitting your information is easy. Just go to www.HereForYouth.com and click on Provider Login to get started.

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:
July 11: "Doing the Best Intake, Screening and Admission"
August 8: "Non-Violent Crisis Intervention"
September 12: "Ethics"

Mental Health First Aid Mental Health First Aid Training
July 11 and 14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
United Way of Grayson County
713 E. Brockett St., Sherman, TX 75090

The local mental health authority in Grayson County will conduct four sessions of Mental Health First Aid this summer for free. The training is an 8-hour certification program and is available to educators and the public through a contract between the Texas Department of State Health and local Mental Health Authorities. Registration is required and each session is limited to 50 participants. Contact Danielle Mihm at 903-957-4701 or Tim Sneed at 903-957-4820 to sign up.

Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium:
Coming Together to Care 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
San Marcos Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa and Conference Center
1001 E. McCarty Ln, San Marcos, TX 78666

The annual Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium presents the newest research on suicidality as well as leading experts on suicide prevention. Topics for this year’s symposium include the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, the newly-revised Texas State Plan for Suicide Prevention, murder-suicide, reducing access to lethal means, military and mobile apps for VA families, suicide prevention in the emergency department and successful strategies for suicide prevention. Registration is free but available on a first come-first served basis and the symposium is sold out every year. For more information or to register now, click here.

Beyond Bullying logo Beyond Bullying: Enhancing Adolescent Mental Health
Saturday, August 16, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Region 10 Education Service Center
904 Abrams Rd. Richardson, TX 75081

This half-day back-to-school conference will provide information about adolescent mental health as well as expanding on the topic of bullying to include new information on cyberbullying and technology, tactics that are working in prevention, resiliency building, understanding the vulnerabilities of LGBT youth and workplace bullying. Cost is $10. Social work and LPC CEUs will be offered. Register now.

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. CEU and exhibitor information will be available soon. Register now.

The Living Room logo

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.
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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