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Newsletter April 2014

I AM HERE Coalition Newsletter

April 2014


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In This Issue


Message from the Director
5th Annual Conference to Expand "Beyond Bullying"
H·E·R·E For Youth Website Nearing Completion
New Support Group in Richardson Launched
I AM H∙E∙R∙E Coalition to Participate in NAMI Walk
Suicide Prevention Regional Summit Being Held at UNT
National Drug-Take Back Day Saturday, April 26
Upcoming Events
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WED • APR 23
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Grant Halliburton Foundation
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Message from the Director

Diana Weaver
Diana Weaver
Director
I AM H·E·R·E Coalition
This time of year is one I always look forward to—the celebration of Easter and Passover, longer daylight hours, and trees and flowers blooming once again.

Our coalition work is also blooming. Plans are underway for a "new and improved" bully conference—"Beyond Bullying: Enhancing Adolescent Mental Health"—once again being hosted by Region 10 Education Service Center this August. The committee working on this conference decided it was time to expand the scope of the conference to include more information on what educators need to know about identifying mental health issues and how they can appropriately intervene. There is also a great hunger for knowledge about social media and how this ties into cyberbullying. We are very excited about taking this fifth annual conference to a new level.

The Living Room held its first meeting at the Warren Center in Richardson last month. The group met at the same time as a NAMI group for parents of adolescents with mental illness. Feedback from the group was tremendously positive, as you’ll read in the article below. We look forward to growing this group as well as the one held at UT Southwestern Medical Center and expanding these groups to other parts of the Metroplex.

Finally, work is really ramping up on the H·E·R·E For Youth website and the workgroup that has spent countless hours on this project will soon begin planning for the launch and rollout of this vital new website.

Be sure to save the date for the May 22 Suicide Prevention Regional Summit being presented by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the University of North Texas. This free summit will present important information about suicide prevention, mental health and resiliency. More information is included below in this newsletter.

Please plan to join us at our next meeting, Wednesday, April 23 at 3 p.m. I look forward to seeing you then.



5th Annual Bully Conference to be Expanded "Beyond Bullying"

This year's back-to-school conference, presented by the I AM H∙E∙R∙E Coalition, will go beyond the previous "New Age of Bullying" conferences to "Beyond Bullying: Enhancing Adolescent Mental Health."

The half-day workshop, being held on Saturday, August 16 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Region 10 Education Service Center, will continue to update educators and parents on new trends in bullying and bully prevention programs, particularly cyberbullying, but also include information about adolescent mental health.

"We felt that most schools now have some sort of bully prevention strategy or program in place, particularly in light of state legislation requiring them to do so," said Amy Pool, Region 10 Education Service Center, co-chair of the workgroup planning the conference. "We want to look at what technology is doing in regard to cyberbullying and what preventive strategies both parents and educators can take to minimize a teen's risk of being harassed online."
Beyond Bullying

The workgroup also felt that as a result of feedback from the Coalition's recent "Windows to Hope" conference, there is a need for better education for educators about common mental illnesses that emerge during adolescence.

"Teachers are seeing behavioral health issues in the classroom, yet they really don’t know how to appropriately intervene when they suspect that there may be an issue that is more serious than normal teenage angst," said Pool. "We want to provide tools and tactics for educators in the classroom so that they are better equipped to deal with common behavioral health issues."

The half-day workshop will offer social work CEUs. Look for more details and registration information in the coming weeks about the "Beyond Bullying" conference.



H·E·R·E For Youth Website Nearing Completion

HERE for Youth Excitement is building as the H·E·R·E For Youth website nears completion. Beta testing of the Provider Information Form is nearly complete and input from this phase has led to several critical improvements that make it easier for providers to enter information about their services.

In addition, the Crisis Intervention Directory that was developed by this workgroup is now available at www.iamherecoalition.org. The directory can be viewed online or downloaded, and there are instructions for sharing the link on other websites.

Cards with information about the online resource are available for distribution to providers and community organizations. Pick some up at the next coalition meeting.

Next steps for the workgroup are to continue developing search terms that might be used by someone looking for mental health resources. The workgroup will also begin making plans for the launch and rollout of the website, expected this summer.



New Support Group in Richardson Launched

The I AM H∙E∙R∙E Coalition launched a new peer support group in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness - Dallas (NAMI) at the Warren Center in Richardson last month.

The group has now met twice and has generated a great deal of interest from the community. The Living Room support group in Richardson is now the second group formed for teens with mental health issues and meets the third Thursday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Another Living Room support group, which operates in partnership with the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), meets the first Thursday of the month at UT Southwestern Medical Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The Living Room
The goal of The Living Room workgroup is to expand these support groups into other locations and venues throughout the Metroplex. There has been interest in establishing groups in church settings as a result of the "Windows to Hope" conference.

After the first meeting at the Warren Center, one mother wrote:

"My daughter apprehensively attended the support group in Richardson tonight and I (with no apprehension) attended the adult support group. My daughter came out smiling and had a great time. Thank you! So grateful and she will be a regular attendee! I know my daughter will benefit from this support group."

All facilitators for The Living Room support groups are licensed professional counselors (LPC) or LPC-interns, and all undergo training by Annie Walley, LMSW, Children’s Medical Center. The next facilitator training is planned for May or early June.

Anyone interested in starting a support group should contact Diana Weaver at DWeaver@GrantHalliburton.org or 972-744-9790.



I AM H∙E∙R∙E Coalition to Participate in NAMI Walk

Members of the I AM H∙E∙R∙E Coalition will participate in the 9th annual Dallas NAMIWalk on Saturday, May 10 at Fair Park. NAMIWalks are held throughout the country each year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

NAMI Dallas Walks

This year’s walk will feature Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings as the honorary chair. Walk registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. Participants will gather at the Fair Park Band Shell.

NAMIWalks is a 5K walk event designed to increase NAMI’s visibility in the community in order to raise awareness about mental illness, and raise funds to support NAMI programs across North Texas.

Registration is free and Coalition members are not required to fundraise to participate, although donations to NAMI are welcome. Each Coalition member who participates will receive a free t-shirt. For more information or to register to participate, contact Liz Brock (LizBrock@GrantHalliburton.org) or Diana Weaver (DWeaver@GrantHalliburton.org).



Suicide Prevention Regional Summit Being Held at UNT

The Texas Department of State Health Services and the University of North Texas College of Public Affairs & Community Service will host a Suicide Prevention Regional Summit at UNT on Thursday, May 22 from 8 a.m. to noon. CEUs are being offered.

The free summit will gather community stakeholders, agencies and educators to meet about suicide prevention, mental health and resiliency. Information about Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper ASK training will also be provided.

The summit will also provide information about statewide suicide prevention efforts, the local mental health authority and crisis services and the Dallas Regional Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse’s Prevention Resource Center.

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Register here for the free summit. Deadline for pre-registration is May 16 and pre-registrants will be mailed UNT parking permits and a map prior to the event. Permits must be displayed on car dashboards to avoid parking tickets.

For more information, contact Tammy Weppleman at TammyW@DentonMHMR.org.



National Drug-Take Back Day to be Held Saturday, April 26

Drug take back day The Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with local law enforcement agencies in the National Take-Back Initiative being held on Saturday, April 26. The aim is to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs while educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every day in the United States an average of 2,000 teenagers use prescription drugs without a doctor’s guidance for the first time. Among 12 to 17 year olds, 14.8% of high school seniors reported using prescription medications for nonmedical reasons within the past year.

Find a drug disposal site near you.



Events




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SUPPORT GROUPS

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.

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NAMI
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

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
Thursday, May 1, 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 415, 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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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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