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Youth and Family Support Community Impact Mental Health Beat
September conference addresses teen issues
Helping a community to heal: Lake Dallas ISD
The case for family dinners

September conference addresses teen issues

What do you do when that sweet, innocent child you once knew turns into a moody, rebellious, unpredictable teenager? Get answers and guidance from the When Life Hands You Teenagers
experts at When Life Hands You Teenagers, an enlightening conference for parents and people who work with teens.

Presented by the Grant Halliburton Foundation, the second annual conference will be on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Communities Foundation of Texas. Leading experts on youth and mental health will address timely topics such as:
  • The role of parents, professionals and educators in protecting teens from bullying
  • How to tell if a teen is depressed or suicidal
  • The latest research on the adolescent brain
  • How to deal with an anxious or worried child
  • The power of positive relationships in raising resilient, healthy teens

"This conference definitely exceeded my expectations. All presentations were relevant for today's schools and provided excellent insight into what teenagers need during this ever-changing time in their lives."

2010 conference attendee
The conference sold out last year, so mark your calendar now. CEUS will be offered. For more information, visit the website or contact Amy Halliburton at (972) 744-9798 or

Helping a community to heal

Lake Dallas ISD has been rocked by the deaths of two students and the attempted suicide of a third student over the past two months.

Helping the community understand and process these tragic events was Grant Halliburton Foundation President Vanita Halliburton, who joined a panel of mental health experts on April 5 for a community forum that was attended by more than 500 people.

The panel discussion offered words of hope and healing to students, school personnel, concerned citizens, and parents dealing with their children's grief and their own fears.

The same day, Halliburton addressed the school district's 1,000 middle school students to help them better understand depression and suicide. Using the foundation's new TAG, You're It! program, she taught them how to recognize the signs of emotional crisis and how to lead a person to help.

Fox 4 News' coverage of the event included an interview with one of the students who had heard the TAG presentation. When asked by the reporter what he had learned, he summed it up succinctly: "It's important to know the signs, and it's important for us to look out for each other."

Lake Dallas

Developed by the Grant Halliburton Foundation, TAG, You're It! is funded in part by a Healthy Living Grant from the American Medical Association Foundation. Only 20 nonprofits nationwide were awarded these grants.

The case for family dinners

How often does your family sit down to dinner together? Hectic schedules can make regular family dinners seem impossible, but research overwhelmingly indicates that this tradition is more important than many realize.

family dinner Quite simply, the more often you have dinner with your kids, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.

A study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) compared teens who have family dinners at least five times per week to teens who have fewer than three family dinners per week. Teens in the study who had fewer than three family dinners per week were twice as likely to have used tobacco, nearly twice as likely to have used alcohol, and one-and-a-half times more likely to have used marijuana. Read the full report here.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that girls who eat dinner at least five times a week with their families are one-third less likely to skip meals or develop an eating disorder.

Four Tips for Successful Family Mealtimes:
  • Eat at the same time every day. Whether it's breakfast or dinner, find a time that works for everyone, and plan your schedules around this important family time.
  • Involve everyone in the planning. Get input on what to make, and plan who will help prepare the meal, set the table and clean up.
  • Eliminate all distractions. Turn off the TV and make the table a technology-free zone. Make it a priority to connect with each other in conversation.
  • Make meals engaging. Start interesting conversations at the table. Avoid complaining about work or chastising your kids about chores, homework or grades. Everyone will look forward to mealtime if you make it a positive time to connect.
Prioritizing family meals is a simple and powerful way to protect your teens from risky behaviors and re-affirm their sense of belonging as part of a family.

"America's drug problem is not going to be solved in courtrooms or legislative hearing rooms by judges and politicians. It will be solved in living rooms and dining rooms and across kitchen tables—by parents and families."

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., founder and chairman of CASA
What's New
Teens and Depression: Helping Parents Find the Path to Treatment

Register now for this free workshop on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 from 7:00 to 8:15 pm at the Courts Community Room in Carrollton (map). Speakers Vanita Halliburton and Diana Weaver of the Grant Halliburton Foundation will discuss ways to find a clear path to treatment.

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.

Wed., April 20 | 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Center for Community Cooperation |map|

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

Monday, May 2 | 9:30 a.m.
La Madeleine, Preston & Forest |map|

When Life Hands You Teenagers is an educational conference for parents and people who work with teens, featuring expert speakers on topics related to parenting and understanding teens.

Wed., Sept. 21 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Communities Foundation of Texas |map|

TAG, You're It! is an educational program that teaches teens—and the adults in their lives—how to recognize and help a friend in crisis. Contact us to schedule a TAG presentation at your school or organization.

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800 E. Campbell Rd., Suite 290
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.