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Newsletter March 2014

I AM HERE Coalition Newsletter

March 2014


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In This Issue


Message from the Director
Windows to Hope Conference Gives Faith Community New Tools
The Living Room Launches New Support Group
H·E·R·E For Youth Testing Provider Input Form
Coalition Accepting New Project Proposals
Upcoming Events
Next Meeting

WED • MAR 26
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
Winter seems to finally be turning to spring and we are nearing the end of the first quarter of 2014. What an amazing first quarter our Coalition has had! Under our new working structure, our members have accomplished some great milestones in the past few months.

On February 18 we had our very successful first-ever "Windows to Hope" conference, graciously hosted by Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. You'll read more about this further down in our newsletter, but let me say that I have rarely heard such effusive praise as we heard as a result of this conference. I truly believe we have opened the door to important discussion and education among those working in the faith community who guide our young people, and we have a great opportunity to follow this up with programs and education to strengthen the safety net around our teens.

I'm also excited to announce that The Living Room has launched a new group, in partnership with NAMI, at the Warren Center in Richardson. We know there is great interest in having a peer support group in the North Dallas/Richardson area, and as a result of the "Windows to Hope" conference several churches have also expressed interest in starting support groups.

And, our H∙E∙R∙E For Youth workgroup continues to make progress on the launch of this resources website. They are continuing to beta test the provider input form to ensure that all needed information is being gathered and hope to have this phase completed in the next few weeks.

Please join us at the next meeting of the I AM H∙E∙R∙E Coalition on Wednesday, March 26 at 3 p.m. at the Grant Halliburton Foundation office. Happy spring!



Windows to Hope Conference Gives Faith Community New Tools for Working With Teens

The I AM H∙E∙R∙E Coalition reached out to the faith community with its recent "Windows to Hope" conference, where more than 150 faith and youth leaders gathered to learn more about the mental health of teens. The conference, held at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church on February 18, featured keynote speaker Matthew Stanford, Ph.D., professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University and co-founder of The Grace Alliance. Dr. Stanford has done extensive research on mental illness and faith.

Dr. Stanford pointed to the need to ensure that youth leaders and youth ministers know the signs of mental illness as the teens they are working with fall within the prime age group of onset for many serious mental illnesses.

He noted that these youth leaders are important gatekeepers of the mental well-being of young people as they work with youth where they live.

"You will see people who need help and you have the ability to open that gate and lead them to help," he said.

His morning presentations were followed by "100 Minutes of Hope"—a series of panel discussions that presented resources and tools for attendees to take away with them.
Matthew Stanford

Windows to Hope attendees Attendees included representatives of many Christian denominations as well as those from the Jewish and Muslim communities. Feedback from participants included comments such as:

"As a parent and grandparent this information was very informative. Also so much information to take back to my church. I feel so educated and gathered so much information from the many vendors."

"This was wonderful! Would like to see similar topics/presentations often."


"This is one of the best workshops I have attended in a long time. It gave a reality check to one of the most needed areas of successful living in the wholistic sense with all the communities in which we operate on a daily basis. We need to have research- based evidence so we can debunk the myths and superstitions surrounding mental heatlh issues."

Based on the positive feedback, the Coalition workgroup has recommended making this an annual conference for faith leaders.


The Living Room Launches New Support Group in Richardson

The Living Room, the peer support groups operated by the I AM H∙E∙R∙E Coalition, is launching a new group for teens in partnership with NAMI Dallas, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in Richardson.

The group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m., concurrently with an adult support group for parents of adolescents with mental illness, the third Thursday of every month at the Warren Center, located at 320 Custer Rd. in Richardson.
The Living Room
Co-facilitators for the group will be Jennifer Jobe, MS, LPC-Intern, under the supervision of Rachel Meltzer, MA, LPC-S; and Gerard Xiao, MA, LPC-Intern, under the supervision of Janie Stubblefield, MA, LPC-S. Both facilitators have undergone the training developed by Annie Walley, LMSW, Children’s Medical Center, who leads a teen peer support group at UT Southwestern Medical Center, in conjunction with the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, the first Thursday of each month.

"We know that there are many benefits to peer support for people living with mental illness," said Walley, "and this is especially important for teens living with mental health issues. It helps them to share with others who are experiencing what they are and talk about effective coping skills and strategies for staying well. One of the most gratifying things I’ve experienced as a leader is seeing a group coming around a teen who is feeling particularly hopeless at a given time."

All of The Living Room support groups are offered for free and no reservation is needed. Parents must sign permission forms for teens under the age of 18. For more information contact Diana Weaver at DWeaver@GrantHalliburton.org or by calling 972-744-9790.



H∙E∙R∙E For Youth Testing Provider Input Form; Developing Search Terms

HERE for Youth The development of the H∙E∙R∙E For Youth website is progressing with our Coalition workgroup moving forward on testing the input form that will be used to collect data from providers. Thus far, the input form has been tested by a small number of providers and modifications have been made. The group is now beta-testing the form on a larger number of providers to ensure that the correct information will be captured.
"The goal of this form is to make it as user-friendly as possible while capturing the most accurate description of the services provided," said Vanita Halliburton, president of the Grant Halliburton Foundation. "Feedback from these providers is helping us make improvements in the form before releasing it for widespread distribution."

H∙E∙R∙E For Youth will feature a searchable database of providers and agencies that provide mental health services to teens and young adults and will include information about mental illness and resources for education and support.

The group is also working on a list of keywords to correspond with mental health terms on the H∙E∙R∙E For Youth website. This will support the search function for the website.

Once these two critical components are completed, the provider input form will be sent to a larger number of providers for completion.

The group has already completed a Crisis Intervention Directory that offers a quick reference guide with local resources for responding to a mental health crisis. Currently on the I AM H∙E∙R∙E Coalition website, it will eventually be uploaded to the H∙E∙R∙E For Youth website as well.

Anyone interested in beta-testing the form should contact Brandi Ernst at BErnst@PhoenixHouse.org or Missy Wall at MWall@ContactCrisisLine.org.



Coalition Accepting Project Proposals for New Projects

Do you have an idea for a project that you’d like to see the I AM H∙E∙R∙E Coalition address? Now is your chance to have your idea considered for an upcoming project.

The I AM H∙E∙R∙E Coalition is accepting project proposals to be considered in the coming months. The project proposal form has been streamlined to include just five key questions to be answered. You can download a copy of the form here.

Project proposals need at least two co-authors to indicate buy-in on the project. The proposals will be vetted by the Coalition’s Executive Committee to determine future projects for workgroups.

Project proposals can be completed and emailed back to DWeaver@GrantHalliburton.org or sent via fax at (972) 437-3664. Deadline for new proposals will be Friday, March 21.
project proposal form
Events

TAAP logo Freedom Conference 2014
Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP)
April 3-5, 2014

American Airlines Training & Conference Center
4501 Hwy 360, Fort Worth, TX 76155

Dr. Jason Powers will be the keynote speaker at this conference for addiction professionals, a collaboration of the Dallas and Ft. Worth chapters of TAAP. His presentation will focus on positive psychology and how it can help addicts thrive in recovery. Get more information or register here.

FIND logo Finding a Way
Faith Inclusion Network of Dallas (FIND), Jewish Family Service
Friday, April 4, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to Noon

Temple Emanu-El
8500 Hillcrest Ave., Dallas, TX 75225

Two concurrent workshops aimed at clergy, lay leaders, youth ministry leaders and others will focus on supported housing, habitation and model inclusion programs for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Attendees will learn ways in which congregations can become partners in developing programs to meet the needs of this population. Register online.

FIND logo Courageous Conversations Education Summit
Monday, April 7, 2014; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Region 10 Education Service Center
400 E. Spring Valley Rd., Richardson TX 75081

The Dallas County Council for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities is hosting this summit in collaboration with Region 10 Education Service Center to examine the services provided by child serving agencies and how the services and programs they offer will specifically help children in foster care and support the fostering families. Get more information.

Right Step logo Role of Medications in Recovery and the Prevention of Relapse
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Right Step DFW
2219 W. Euless Blvd., Euless, TX 76040

Presentation will be by Casey Green, M.D., Medical Director of Right Step. Space is limited, so RSVP to Valerie Proctor at Valerie.Proctor@RightStep.com. CEUs will be given.

TAAP logo Educational Friday: Motivational Interviewing
Friday, April 11, 2014, 9 a.m. to Noon
Access Counseling Group
2600 K Avenue, Plano, TX 75074

Workshop on motivational interviewing. Free or $15 for a CEU certificate. RSVP here.

Drug take back day National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Collection locations TBA April 1

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Please check the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) website on April 1, 2014 to locate collection sites near you. Get more information.




The Living Room logo
DBSA
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.

The Living Room logo
NAMI
The Living Room–Richardson
Third Thursday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Warren Center
320 Custer Rd., Richardson 75080

Facilitators: Jennifer Jobe, MS, LPC-Intern under the supervision of Rachel Meltzer, MA, LPC-S; and Gerard Xiao, MA, LPC-Intern under the supervision of Janie Stubblefield, 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
Tuesday, April 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
Saturday, April 5 at 8 a.m.
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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