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Grant Halliburton Foundation News, March 2011
Youth and Family Support Community Impact Mental Health Beat
TAG, You're It! Teens helping teens in crisis
I AM H·E·R·E Coalition helps pediatricians screen kids for depression
Typical teen behavior—or something else? How parents can know

TAG, You're It! teaches young people to recognize the signs of depression

When teenagers are in emotional distress, where do they turn for help? Research indicates that adolescents are more likely to turn to a friend than to an adult. As the first line of response for their peers, teens need to be equipped to reach out and lead each other to help. To answer this critical need, the Grant Halliburton Foundation has developed TAG—You're It!, a new educational program that teaches teens how to recognize and help a friend in crisis.

Using the acronym TAG—which stands for Take it seriously, Ask questions and Get help—the program includes a one-hour interactive presentation, brochures with more information and resources, and posters for classroom use.

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By the end of the presentation, teens know how to recognize a friend in distress, what to do and where to get help.

Designed for middle school students, high school students and college-age youth, TAG, You're it! is also ideal for anyone who works with youth.

To schedule a TAG presentation at your school or organization, contact us at (972) 744-9798 or TAG was developed by the Grant Halliburton Foundation in 2010 and is funded in part by the American Medical Association Foundation.

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I AM H·E·R·E Coalition offers screening program to pediatricians

What if young people could be screened for depression during a routine well visit at their pediatrician's office? Thanks to the efforts of the I AM H·E·R·E Coalition, now they can.

pediatrician Using materials from Columbia University's TeenScreen for Primary Care program, the Coalition is offering a screening tool and training to help pediatric practices screen their adolescent patients.

The screening tool is currently being implemented in four Dallas pediatric practices with positive results. Dr. Tina Deuber with Inwood Village Pediatrics, the first practice to pilot the screening program, notes that the program has been so positive that it is now part of all well-child checkups for children 11 years and older.

"We have picked up a couple of issues in patients that I am fairly certain would have been missed had we not had this tool. This has really opened the door to conversations about mental health-related issues with my teen patients."

Dr. Tina Deuber, Inwood Village Pediatrics

The coalition is now rolling out this initiative to additional practices. I AM H·E·R·E is a coalition for teen and young adult mental health that was launched in 2009 by the Grant Halliburton Foundation.

For more information about TeenScreen for Primary Care, contact Diana Weaver, executive director of the I AM H·E·R·E Coalition, at or (972) 744-9798.

"In my many years of treating patients, I am often stymied with regard to mental health. For the first
time, I have an effective tool to use and resources
that I trust."

Dr. Laurie Berger, West Plano Pediatrics

Typical teenage behavior—or something else? How parents can know

As a parent, you learn to recognize the signs of an oncoming cold in your child. You can also learn to recognize the signs of emotional pain in your child. The Grant Halliburton Foundation has developed a brochure that will help. The brochure, written for both teens and adults, provides detailed information on what to look for, what to do and where to get help for depression. brochure
  • Know what to look for. It is normal for teens and young adults to feel down or moody sometimes. But when these feelings last for weeks—or when you observe other deviations from your child's normal behavior—it could mean that something more serious is going on.
  • Know what to do. Depression is a serious but treatable condition. If you think your child may be suffering from depression, find out what you can do to help.
  • Know where to get help. Need help now? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a 24-hour crisis hotline. A trained professional will help you get connected to mental health resources in your area.
Download a PDF of the brochure.

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It's time to protect and strengthen mental health care—not to cut

While cuts in funding to education in Texas are grabbing headlines this legislative session, mental health funding is also on the chopping block. These are the cuts that are alarming many mental health advocates.

According to a recent report released by the Texas House of Representatives Legislative Study Group, Texas now ranks 50th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in per capita funding for mental health. Untreated mental illness and substance abuse disorders are costly to our state. Lack of access to mental health and substance abuse programs drives up the cost of health care, law enforcement and criminal justice.

When services are cut, people with severe mental illness may end up homeless, in emergency rooms, or in jail, all of which costs taxpayers more in the long run—and more importantly, leaves many mentally ill people without effective treatment options.

Noted Texas economist Ray Perryman estimates that every dollar spent on mental health services yields a return on investment of $23 to the state.

The Grant Halliburton Foundation advocates preserving funding for our mental health programs, particularly for our young people. Please join us in this important fight by sending a message to your legislator.

Contact your legislators now through the NAMI Advocacy Action Center. Use the suggested message or write your own, and with one click, send it to the governor and your state representatives as an email or printed letter.

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Texas is already 50th in the nation in per capita funding for mental health. Can we afford to let it get worse?

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What's New
The 2011 Beacon of Hope Luncheon, benefiting the Grant Halliburton Foundation, featured best-selling author and educator Bev Cobain, speaking on youth depression and suicide prevention. More than 250 people attended the highly successful fundraising event, hosted by Women H·E·R·E, an outreach initiative of the foundation.


When Life Hands You Teenagers, an educational conference for parents and people who work with teens, will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, so mark your calendar! The conference will feature expert speakers on topics related to parenting and understanding teens.

I AM H·E·R·E Coalition, launched by the Grant Halliburton Foundation in 2009, is working on many fronts for teen and young adult mental health:
  • Launching support groups in six area high schools for teens with mental health issues.
  • Organizing a conference about bullying and bully-related suicide prevention.
  • Offering pediatricians a screening tool and resources to identify depression in adolescent patients.
Upcoming Events
Coffee Days
Friday, April 1 | 9:30 a.m.
La Madeleine, Preston & Forest |map|

Suicide, Self-Injury and Student Achievement
Speaker: Vanita Halliburton
Monday, April 4 | 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Centennial High School, Frisco

Community Forum on Teen Suicide Prevention
Tuesday, April 5 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Lake Dallas High School, Room 501 |map|

I AM H·E·R·E Coalition
Wed., April 20 | 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Center for Community Cooperation |map|

When Life Hands You Teenagers
Wednesday, September 21
Communities Foundation of Texas |map|

I AM H·E·R·E Coalition is the only coalition in North Texas focused solely on teen and young adult mental health. More than 50 organizations work together in this collaborative community effort.

Coffee Days is an outreach group for mothers of youth with mental health issues. The group meets monthly to share resources, support and encouragement.

TAG, You're It! is an educational program we developed that teaches teens how to recognize and help a friend in crisis.

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Richardson, Texas 75081


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Grant The Grant Halliburton Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of a gifted Dallas artist and musician who battled depression and bipolar disorder for several years before taking his own life at the age of 19.

The Foundation is working to help people recognize the signs of mental illness, to help families know what to do before a treatable illness turns into a crisis, and to empower young people to ask for help and know where to get it.