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Newsletter October 2014

I AM HERE Coalition Newsletter

October 2014

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In This Issue

Message from the Director
Windows to Hope Conference Plans Underway
Here For Youth Fall Open House
The Living Room Expansion Continues
I AM H·E·R·E Fall Membership Drive
Upcoming Events
Next Meeting

WED • OCT 22
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 is the time of year when we are in the throes of all that we love about fall—football, cooler weather, the State Fair and pumpkin everything. It is also the time of year when we hold awareness events about suicide and mental illness.

Last month we recognized both National Suicide Prevention Month and National Suicide Prevention Week. Members of the Dallas Suicide Prevention Coalition gathered at Dallas City Hall on September 12 to hear Mayor Mike Rawlings, Commissioner Theresa Daniels and others speak about the impact of suicide on the community. Shoes representing lives lost to suicide were also on display.

This month we have a number of conferences and educational opportunities available in our community. Nationally-recognized speakers on mental health, trauma and other current issues will present new research and treatment trends. Be sure to take note of these excellent conferences listed in the Events section.

The Coalition’s executive leadership also convened last month to determine the next Coalition project after the-wrap up of another successful “Beyond Bullying” conference. The Executive Committee voted to begin planning the second “Windows to Hope” conference as the next Coalition project. This conference is designed to educate faith leaders working with youth about relevant mental health issues in young people. Anyone interested in this important topic is invited to participate in the planning of this event.

We are also in the midst of our fall membership drive. We’re asking our members to renew their commitment to participation in the Coalition and invite new members to join us. Be sure to read the article on membership and member Janie Stubblefield’s take on how I AM H·E·R·E helps her professionally and personally.

I look forward to seeing you at our next Coalition meeting, Wednesday, October 22 at 3 p.m.

Planning Underway for 2015 Windows to Hope Conference

The Executive Committee of the I AM H·E·R·E Coalition has voted to hold another “Windows to Hope” conference in late February or early March of 2015 and the workgroup has already met to begin planning for this conference.

“We felt that the first conference held earlier this year was so well received and provided such a springboard for continuing discussion and education about teen mental health for youth faith leaders that we wanted to expand on this initiative,” said Diana Weaver, director of I AM H·E·R·E. “The feedback we received shows that there is a hunger in the faith community for more education on the issues affecting our teens today.”

Windows to Hope
Janie Stubblefield with Mobile Counseling and Linda Rossi from Elevate Youth! will serve as co-chairs of the new planning workgroup. Both served on the planning committee for the first conference.

Look for more details about the 2015 Windows to Hope conference soon.

Here For Youth Preparing for Fall Open House

Here For Youth The Here For Youth workgroup is planning an open house on Thursday, November 6 at the Grant Halliburton Foundation office from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is designed to enable providers of mental health services to learn more about the new website and to get help with submitting their information for the searchable database.

A “soft launch” is also planned so that professionals can see how the website looks and how their profile will appear on the site, providing additional incentive for those who have not completed their profile to do so.

Currently, 163 providers have submitted profiles at HereForYouth.com. The goal of the group is to have 300 providers listed by the end of 2014.

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.

Expansion of The Living Room Groups Continues

The expansion of The Living Room support groups continues with the launch of two new groups at Lifenet Texas and another group at CE Counseling Services in Dallas.

The Lifenet groups are being held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month, except for November and December. The groups meet at the Center’s offices at 9708 Skillman St. in Dallas and are open to any teen struggling with mental health challenges who wishes to attend.

The other new group will meet the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at CE Counseling Services, 8035 E. RL Thornton Freeway, Suite 117, Dallas. This group begins meeting Thursday, October 9 and all teens needing support are welcome to attend.

“We are delighted that The Living Room groups are expanding to other venues in the DFW area,” said Annie Walley, LCSW, clinical therapist, Children’s Medical Center, and co-facilitator of the workgroup. “Our goal is to make these groups as widely available to as many young people as we can and provide them with the support they need.”

Get more information on all The Living Room support groups. Click on the map to see all the locations.
The Living Room
The Living Room map

I AM H·E·R·E Fall Membership Drive

Janie Stubblefield
Janie Stubblefield
Mobile Counseling
It’s fall and time for the I AM HˑEˑRˑE annual membership drive. Why join the I AM HˑEˑRˑE Coalition? Perhaps our members can best summarize the value of our Coalition. Here are some recent comments made by Janie Stubblefield, MA, LPC-S, with Mobile Counseling.

Why did you join the Coalition?

As a counselor, I have seen first-hand the struggle that many teens go through. When I AM HˑEˑRˑE began, I knew this was an organization I had to get involved with so I could do more to help our community.

What keeps you involved?

I have stayed involved because the work is not finished. When suicide has ended, we can quit, but not one minute before.

What benefits do you see from your involvement in I AM HˑEˑRˑE?

It has been a blessing, both professionally and personally, to get to know others who are serving the community with passion. I believe that God created us to be in community, and this has been a great community for me. Over the years, I have seen hundreds of professionals and lay leaders awakened to the need to reach across the aisle and grab a hand to better serve our community.

Do you have any thoughts about a specific project you’ve worked on?

Most of my efforts have been on educational projects like the Beyond Bullying conference and the Windows to Hope conference. I believe these are vital training venues for our community (one for professionals and one for faith leaders). It has been great to see the overwhelming response of speakers and participants as we work to make our community a better place.


Here For Youth

Race to Nowhere "Race to Nowhere" Documentary Screening
Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
Angelika Plano
7205 Bishop Road, Plano, TX 75024

Fusion Academy is presenting the documentary “Race to Nowhere” free of charge. This powerful and thought-provoking documentary looks at the immense pressure to “succeed” that is being put on our children and teens by parents, society and schools and the cost in terms of quality education and stress overload that comes with this. Get more information or register here.

TCU Minds Without Borders: What You Need to Know About Your Child's Amazing Brain!
Saturday, October 25, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Covenant Church Chapel
2660 E. Trinity Mills Road, Carrollton, Texas 75006

Saturday, November 1, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Campbell Tower Conference Center, M‐1004 (Mezzanine)
8150 N. Central Exp. Dallas, Texas 75206

Presented by Karen Williams and sponsored by The Trans4m Center. In this workshop you will be introduced to the knowledge and the tools you need to appropriately protect and nurture your child’s brain—and reduce the risks caused by stress, anxiety, substance use and other threats to brain health. The workshop will have a learning component, a practical component, and time for Q&A. $45 per person or $75 per couple. Purchase tickets online—no tickets will be sold at the door.

TCU “Understanding Trauma: Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth in Care”
Texas Judicial Summit
November 3-5, 2014

Cendera Center
3600 Benbrook Hwy., Fort Worth, TX 76116

The TCU Institute of Child Development will present the fourth Texas Judicial summit designed to improve the handling of cases of child abuse and neglect with insights from the fields of child development and child welfare. Nationally-recognized speakers will present current research findings and provide strategies for making trauma-informed placement decisions and recommendations. Go here for more information.

TCU Second Annual Recognize Trauma Symposium
Monday, November 10, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Convention Center
1201 Houston St., Fort Worth, TX 76102

Sponsored by the Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County, this conference will focus on the effects of chronic, overwhelming stress and trauma on children’s development. Keynote speaker is J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., director of ThinkKids in the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and specializes in the treatment of explosive, inflexible, easily frustrated children and adolescents and their families. He trains parents, educators, and clinicians and consults with schools and treatment programs throughout the world in the Collaborative Problem Solving approach. Cost for the day-long program is $30 and CEUs are available. 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 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.
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.
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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