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Newsletter May 2014

I AM HERE Coalition Newsletter

May 2014


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Message from the Director
Keynote Speakers Announced for "Beyond Bullying"
Crisis Intervention Directory Now Available Online
The Living Room Support Groups Recruiting Facilitators
Upcoming Events
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WED • MAY 28
3 to 4:30 p.m.
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Message from the Director

Diana Weaver
Diana Weaver
Director
I AM H·E·R·E Coalition
May is mental health month! This month is highlighted with a slew of activities held by many different organizations. We recently participated in the NAMIWalk, held each year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to promote awareness and raise funds for its outstanding educational and advocacy programs. More than 1,300 people participated in this year’s walk and while the raising of funds is vitally important, it was particularly energizing to see such a visible reminder of how many people are living with mental illness and promoting a greater understanding of this illness. I am especially pleased that our Coalition members participated in the walk as a group this year.

Our staff also recently had the pleasure of visiting Mental Health America of Greater Dallas’ exhibit “Fine Line: Mental Health/Mental Illness." Thirty-four black and white portraits paired with audio stories revealed the fine line between mental health and mental illness. Each portrait told a gripping story of an individual living with mental illness and humanized their voices with such compassion.
NAMI Walk
2014 NAMIWalk

This exhibit was at SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development until May 15, so I hope you had a chance to visit it. Congratulations to MHA for bringing such a wonderful exhibit and giving a voice to those living with mental illness.

While we work all year to promote greater understanding and provide for those living with mental illnesses, it is especially important during this month that we re-commit to providing help, education, resources and encouragement for our young people who struggle with this disease. Please join us at our next Coalition meeting on May 28.
MHA FIne Line Exhibit
MHA "Fine Line" Exhibit

Keynote Speakers Announced for "Beyond Bullying"

The keynote speakers for this year's "Beyond Bullying" conference have been firmed up, the committee reported at the April meeting. The conference will be held Saturday, August 16 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Region 10 Education Service Center.

Keynote speakers for "Beyond Bullying: Enhancing Adolescent Mental Health" will include Rod Pruitt, Bully Prevention State Initiative Coordinator, and Dr. Ronnie Pollard, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with Timberlawn Mental Health System.

Pruitt’s keynote, "Technology Safety for Teens and Tweens," will present an overview of how students are using social media and other technology in the most positive and negative ways. The presentation will also explore some of the technology that students use instead of Facebook and how to stay current on new trends.
Beyond Bullying

Dr. Pollard will speak about the growing trend of self-harm in teens as a coping skill and how important it is for both teachers and peers to be vigilant in monitoring this trend. Just as in bullying, adolescents need to learn that they cannot be bystanders or this can become a contagion in schools.

Breakout sessions will include information about cost-effective measures in bully prevention, the higher levels of stress and emotional disorders in LGBT youth, general mental/brain health of adolescents with strategies to buffer the negative effects of bullying, and what happens when adolescent bullies grow up and become workplace bullies.

Registration for the conference will remain at $10 per person, and social work and LPC CEUs will be offered. Sponsorship and exhibitor spots are available. For more information, contact Janie Stubblefield at Janie.Stubblefield@gmail.com or sign up online.

Look for more information regarding registration by June 1.

Crisis Intervention Directory Now Available Online

HERE for Youth As work progresses on the H·E·R·E For Youth website, the testing phase of the website is now complete and the workgroup is moving into the provider listings phase.

In addition, the new Youth Crisis Intervention Resources Directory is now available on the website for download. This directory offers contact information for mental health resources for North Texas children, teens and young adults in crisis.
"When people are looking for resources for a young person in crisis, often they need to know the first steps to take," said Missy Wall, senior director of Teen CONTACT and co-chair of the workgroup. "This directory provides the resources they might need at a glance."

Cards with a link to the directory are available for providers to keep in their offices for their clients.

"Feedback on the directory has been extremely positive," added Wall. "We know that parents are often at a loss as to where to find the right help when their child is in crisis. This provides a quick overview of what we have available right in our community."

The workgroup is also actively working on a launch promotion plan for the H·E·R·E For Youth website later this year.



The Living Room Support Groups Recruiting Facilitators

As The Living Room support groups expand, the Coalition workgroup is looking for additional facilitators to train and start groups in new locations.

"We know that there is such a need for these groups throughout the city," said Annie Walley, LMSW, co-chair of the workgroup. "Teens want to connect with other teens going through what they are going through."

The workgroup has put operating guidelines and other administrative tools in place so that each facilitator will have a toolkit of information, protocols and activities to use in the support groups.

The Living Room
Facilitators for The Living Room support groups are either licensed professional counselors or LPC interns. Most groups have a team of two co-facilitators.

For more information on starting a group, becoming a facilitator or attending a training session, please contact Diana Weaver at DWeaver@GrantHalliburton.org.


Events

Solutions Training of Trainers: ASK About Suicide to Save A Life
Friday, May 23, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Solutions of North Texas
2216 Bolivar St., Denton, TX 76201

A limited number of spaces remain for this day-long training. Application is required and you must commit to leading three ASK workshops within the next year. For more information contact Merily Keller at hodgekeller@yahoo.com.

Solutions Awakening the Adolescent Mind:
How to communicate and collaborate with teens

Friday, May 30, 9 a.m. to noon
Wells Fargo Building, Lower Level Meeting Room
4975 Preston Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093

LastFridaySeminar.com provides engaging seminars on the last Friday of each month for a registration fee of $45. On Friday, May 30, Priya Singhvi, MS, LPC-Intern, LMFT-A, will present "Awakening the Adolescent Mind: How to communicate and collaborate with teens." In this interactive workshop, explore new paradigms in neuroscience—based on Dr. Rossouw’s clinical research—and the implications of enriched environments, which provide groundbreaking answers to the nature vs. nurture debate. After attending, walk away with tools to engage teens’ social brains, build collaborative relationships, and communicate messages that facilitate hope. Three CEUs provided. Get more information or register.

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:
June 13: "Working With Adolescents"
July 11: "Doing the Best Intake, Screening and Admission"
August 8: "Non-Violent Crisis Intervention"
September 12: "Ethics"

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. Online registration begins June 1. Social work and LPC CEUs will be offered. Get more information.

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

Teenagers need our guidance to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Whether you teach, lead, work with or live with teens, you can help rescue them when in crisis, build resilience for life’s ups and downs, and foster relationships to support their success. Come learn from the experts about what to do when life hands you teenagers at this conference for parents, professionals, and people who work with teens. CEUs will be offered for social work and LPC. More information coming soon at www.GrantHalliburton.org.




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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
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 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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