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Newsletter May 2015

I AM HERE Coalition Newsletter

May 2015

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In This Issue

Message from the Director
HereForYouth.com Launched on May 6
Windows to Hope Conference Draws Area Faith Leaders
The Living Room Partnerships Expand
Rural Youth Suicide Rates Nearly Double the Rate of Cities
Coalition Looking For New Projects
Upcoming Events
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WED • MAY 27
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
Spring has finally sprung and the energy that a new season brings is evident in the work of our Coalition.

Our members have been hard at work on several exciting initiatives and we are finalizing some projects and starting new ones.

The “Windows to Hope” workgroup hosted an informative, educational conference for the second consecutive year with more than 150 people from the faith community attending on March 3. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with many asking the Coalition to host this conference again next year. Many thanks to all those who helped make this event such a success by working on the committee, sponsoring, exhibiting or volunteering. Look for more information about “Windows to Hope” in this newsletter.

The “Here For Youth” workgroup has worked hard preparing for the public launch of this exciting new community resource. This group, along with staff at the Grant Halliburton Foundation and members of the North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, has been working to get this comprehensive website of mental health resources in North Texas launched for the past several years. Look for more complete details of the launch event below.

And, with the expansion of The Living Room peer support groups, this workgroup is winding down its activities. The Living Room will become an in-house program of the Grant Halliburton Foundation and the framework provided by this workgroup will be important as we continue to expand and re-structure these groups.

All this means that it is time for new projects and you’ll see information about this process in this newsletter. We have already received a proposal for presenting the “Beyond Bullying” conference once again this year in August and our Coalition’s executive committee voted to approve this project. Please submit your ideas for any collaborative project you would like to see addressed by the Coalition.

Save the Date for Beyond Bullying, to be held Saturday, August 15!

Here For Youth Mark your calendar for the sixth annual Beyond Bullying conference, to be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Region 10 Education Service Center. More details coming soon!

Beyond Bullying
Saturday, August 15

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Region 10 Education Service Center

Here For Youth Website Launched on May 6

The Here For Youth website, under development by members of the I AM H·E·R·E Coalition and the Grant Halliburton Foundation for the past five years, was launched on Wednesday, May 6 during a special open house and ribbon “connection” ceremony at Texas Health Resources University. The website is a collaborative effort between the Grant Halliburton Foundation, the North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians and the Coalition.

The new community resource 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 program, attended by more than 150 people, featured an open house allowing providers to sign up for inclusion on the website, refreshments, and networking, followed by a special program with keynote speaker Elizabeth McIngvale, Ph.D., LMSW and a panel discussion.

Prior to the presentations, key members of the partner organizations as well as representatives of the major funders and special guest, Commissioner Theresa Daniel, participated in a ribbon connection ceremony, symbolizing the connection to resources that the Here For Youth and North Texas Help websites represent.

Panelists included Adam Brenner, M.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center; Debbie Meripolski, The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Matt Roberts, Mental Health America of Greater Dallas; and Dr. Leslie Secrest, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Sam Baker, KERA Senior Editor and Morning Edition host, moderated the panel discussion.

Here For Youth
Joined by representatives of the project's funders as well as
partner organizations, Vanita Halliburton and Dr. Ed Nace connected a ribbon
to celebrate the launch of the new websites
“This new database represents the culmination of a great deal of effort by members of our Coalition, as well as the Grant Halliburton Foundation and the North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians,” said Vanita Halliburton. “There is no other resource like this in the North Texas area and we hope that it will help those looking for mental health resources to find what they need in our community.”

The open house event was planned, coordinated and staffed by I AM H∙E∙R∙E Coalition members who served on the Here For Youth workgroup. Insights Collaborative Therapy, The Renfrew Center and Fusion Academy sponsored the event.

“We are extremely grateful to our Coalition members and partner agencies who have helped us with the database and well as this successful launch event,” said Halliburton. Funders for the websites include The Meadows Foundation, Freddie and Don Hodges, the Tom and Edwina Johnson Foundation, the Sahm Family Foundation, North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians and the Grant Halliburton Foundation.

Windows to Hope Conference Draws Area Faith Leaders

Windows to Hope
Kim Humphries and her husband, Dr. Phil Humphries, shared strategies
for ways therapists and ministers can work together
Youth leaders from the faith community came together Tuesday, March 3 at Park Cities Baptist Church to hear from leading mental health experts about how to recognize issues facing today’s youth at the I AM H·E·R·E Coalition’s second annual “Windows to Hope” conference.

The day-long conference featured keynote speakers Dr. Matthew Stanford, Executive Director of the Hope and Healing Institute & Center in Houston, and Joe Padilla, Co-Founder and CEO of The Grace Alliance in Waco, both of whom participated in last year’s conference.

Dr. Stanford presented attendees with specific tools for evaluating and assessing teens who may be in psychological distress and guidance in learning how to make a referral.

Participants were taught how to work with their congregations and the local community to develop a good resource list for mental health referrals. Dr. Stanford underscored the importance of this as 80 percent of youth pastors report they have directly worked with someone who is depressed.

The conference also featured Kim Humphries, LCSW, ACSW, a therapist and Coalition member, and her husband, Dr. Phil Humphries, Senior Pastor of Clearwater Community Church, who shared their experiences regarding how therapists and ministers can and should work together, stressing that it is important for church leaders to know when to get a mental health professional involved.

Participants also attended sessions to learn more about issues confronting today’s teens, including drug abuse, suicide prevention, self-harm, pornography, and how to handle kids coming out of inpatient treatment. Speakers included Vanita Halliburton, president, Grant Halliburton Foundation; Toni Schweizer, LCDC, AADC, Timberlawn Mental Health System; Stephanie Coker, LCSW, LCSDC, CDWF, Coker Counseling; Janie Stubblefield, MA, LPC-S, Mobile Counseling; and Dan Bailey, president, Elevate Youth.

“Training faith leaders to identify and refer young people who are at risk for mental illness is an important component of suicide prevention according to the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention,” said Vanita Halliburton, president of the Grant Halliburton Foundation. “I am proud that the Coalition has recognized the need for providing this kind of training to our faith community.”

Feedback from participants in “Windows to Hope” included comments such as:
  • “I really enjoyed the general education, practical application and resource offerings. If anything, this has raised awareness for me in these categories as a youth pastor.”
  • “I truly enjoyed this conference. I appreciated the emphasis on the collaboration of mental health professionals and faith and community leaders. It was so encouraging to be among so many passionate members of our community.”

Windows to Hope was underwritten by Karen and Randall McCleskey and the following sponsors:
  • Elevate Youth
  • Fusion Academy
  • Le Tourneau University
  • Pastoral Counseling Center
  • Teen Lifeline
  • Timberlawn Mental Health System

The Living Room Partnerships Expand

The Living Room support groups, one of the Coalition’s longstanding projects, will undergo major changes in the next few months.

The groups will become an ongoing program of the Grant Halliburton Foundation and new partnerships are being formed to expand the reach of the groups.

“We have realized that future growth and sustainability of these groups can only happen if there is dedicated program staff and budget to allow these groups to expand into other parts of our community and reach more young people,” said Diana Weaver, director of I AM HˑEˑRˑE. “We very much value the time and effort that this workgroup has put into getting The Living Room off the ground and developing a great framework for the expansion of these groups.”

The Living Room
Currently, The Living Room partners with the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Dallas, Communities in Schools Dallas, Lifenet, and other community organizations to provide support groups.

The Living Room is working with NAMI Dallas to coordinate new groups that will meet concurrently with parent support groups. NAMI Dallas will be training new facilitators to head up these peer-led groups.

Currently, there are two groups that have a concurrent parent group meeting:
  • 1st Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at UT Southwestern Medical Center has a DBSA parent group meeting at the same time;
  • 3rd Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Warren Center has a NAMI parent group meeting at the same time.

In addition, The Living Room has groups meeting at other times. For more information, visit www.GrantHalliburton.org/livingroom.html.

Rural Youth Suicide Rates are Nearly Double the Rate in Cities

Rural mental health The rate of suicide in adolescents and young adults in the United States is nearly twice as high in rural settings than in urban settings, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics last month.

The study, conducted at The Ohio State University, measured the rate of suicide in rural areas as compared to urban settings between 1996 and 2010 and found the rate of suicide in both males and females living in rural areas was about double the rate in cities.

The research team analyzed mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics and found that between 1996 and 2010, 66,595 young people between the ages of 10 and 24 died by suicide in the U.S.

The research also showed that gun use has decreased and hanging has become a more common means of youth suicide in both males and females. However, suicide rates by firearms and hanging were both still disproportionately higher in rural areas that in urban settings for both sexes—with firearm suicide deaths being about three times higher in rural areas than in urban areas.

The authors speculate on several reasons for these trends, including a limited availability of mental health services in rural areas, geographic and social isolation in rural areas, more common ownership and use of firearms in rural areas, and changing sociodemographic and economic factors.

They suggest that there is an urgent need to improve access to and availability of mental health care in rural areas and say that incorporating mental health care into primary care settings, providing care via telemedicine and creating school-based interventions might help reduce youth suicides in rural areas.

“Although low population density per se may be operative, efforts to improve access to mental health services and offer social support at the local level could narrow the gap in risk for youths in rural as opposed to urban settings. Additional study is warranted and of potentially great public health significance,” the study concludes.

Coalition Looking For New Projects

Do you have an idea for a project you’d like to see the I AM HˑEˑRˑE Coalition undertake? Collaboration is vital to getting new initiatives launched and the Coalition is a great place to make that happen.

Here is how the process works:
  • Any active coalition member may submit a Project Proposal. There must be at least two names on each form. Just because your name is on the submission form does not mean you will be required to chair the projects, but indicates that there is buy-in on your idea.
  • Each Project Proposal form will be reviewed and vetted by the Executive Committee according to how well it fits into the Coalition’s overall mission and the feasibility of implementation based on our group’s capabilities. They will make the final decision about new projects.
  • Deadline for submission of Project Proposal forms is Friday, May 24. Projects will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and work will begin on a new project at the Coalition meeting on Wednesday, June 27.
  • If you have submitted a Project Proposal in the past, you will be contacted to see if you are interested in having the project re-submitted for consideration.

Download the Project Proposal Form, complete and return to DWeaver@GrantHalliburton.org.
Project Proposal Form


food “Nourish—You Aren’t What You Eat!”
Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. beginning May 11
Insights Collaborative Therapy Group
5445 La Sierra, #204
Dallas, TX 75231

This group is designed to help separate food and feelings with the support of Amie Hamaker, LPC, and Rachael McBride, RD/LD. The group will focus on identifying positive coping skills, decreasing obsessive thoughts, improving body image and self-worth and much more. The cost is $50 per week and the group is open to men and women 18 years and older. Call 214-706-0508 or email thinktank@insightstherapy.com for more information.

diversity “Cultural Diversity & Mental Health Care”
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
UT Southwestern Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75390

This full-day workshop is sponsored by the UT Southwestern Department of Psychiatry, Metrocare Services and the Office of Continuing Medical Education. The course is designed for psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, LPCs, social workers, chaplains, residents, fellows, students and other professionals interested in learning about cultural diversity and the impact of diversity issues on mental health care. Registration is $100; Students, Residents and Fellows may register for $20. Find more information and register here.

The Living Room logo

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 Wednesday of each month
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Clearwater Community Church
1850 N. Greenville Ave
Suite 157, Richardson

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, 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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