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Youth and Family Support Community Impact Mental Health Beat
Training teachers to know the signs
I AM H·E·R·E Coalition presents conference on bullying prevention
Guidelines for parenting in the online world

Training teachers to know the signs

The Grant Halliburton Foundation has reached more than 1,500 students in Dallas-area schools this year with life-saving information about depression and suicide prevention. Just as important, we are also focused on educating adults in the lives of our teens. During May, Grant Halliburton Foundation president Vanita Halliburton trained more than 150 faculty members in DeSoto ISD schools.
Vanita Halliburton
Vanita Halliburton

"School teachers are often the first to notice changes in a student's behavior that may be cause for concern," says Halliburton. "Using our TAG, You're It! presentation, we help them know how to help a student who is in emotional crisis or at risk for suicide."

Using the acronym TAG—which stands for Take it seriously, Ask questions and Get help—this program helps students, parents, and school staff know how to recognize a teenager in distress, what to do and where to get help. TAG was developed by the Grant Halliburton Foundation in 2010 and is funded in part by the American Medical Association Foundation.

For information about depression and suicide prevention, visit To schedule a TAG, You're It! presentation for your school or community group, contact us at 972-744-9798 or

I AM H·E·R·E Coalition to present conference on bullying prevention

The I AM H·E·R·E Coalition will hold its second annual conference on Bullying Prevention, "The New Age of Bullying," on Saturday, August 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Salesmanship Club's Oak Cliff Campus, 106 Tenth St., Dallas. The conference is targeted to teachers, counselors, administrators and parents and is free of charge.

Bullying conference panel
Student panel at the 2010 conference
Speakers will address a range of topics, including new legislation related to bullying, when bullying becomes harassment, how to address the cycle of bullying and cyberbullying, and other dangers of new technology. The program
will also include a panel discussion with students who have been victims of bullying.

"Bullying continues to be one of the greatest behavioral challenges educators face in the school environment, and school officials as well as parents are looking for tools to deal with this issue," says Diana Weaver, executive director of the Coalition. "We look forward to bringing new and important information to both parents and those who work on the front lines in our education system every day."

The Salesmanship Club will serve as host organization for the conference. Other sponsoring organizations include Communities in Schools, Mental Health America of Greater Dallas, Region 10 Education Service Center, Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas, Teen CONTACT, The Family Place and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

"Just wanted to say thank you for having this conference! It was wonderful and very informative. Hope we can do this every year."

Teacher, Keller ISD

The Grant Halliburton Foundation launched I AM H·E·R·E in 2009. It is the only coalition in North Texas focused solely on youth mental health. The coalition brings together representatives from more than 50 organizations—including mental health providers, social services, schools, consumers, law enforcement, juvenile justice, and others—to work on strengthening mental health resources for teens, young adults and families in our community.

For more information about the conference, contact Diana Weaver at 972-744-9798 or CEUs will be provided.

Guidelines for parenting in the online world

According to a 2009 Common Sense Media poll, 75 percent of teens now own cell phones. Twenty-five percent use them for social media, 54 percent for texting, and 24 percent for instant messaging. For those teens, this puts the Internet and social media in their hands 24/7. This is a digital generation, and parents need to know how to bridge the technological divide.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a new clinical report, "The Impact of Social Media Use on Children, Adolescents, and Families."

Based on the latest research, the report highlights both the positive effects of social media use—enhanced communication, social interaction, engagement with community causes, and shaping of personal Mom and daughter on computer
identity—as well as the negative effects, such as cyberbullying, sexting, and inappropriate content. The report stresses the importance of family guidelines around technology, encouraging parents to become better educated about the online world and to talk to their teens about social media use.

"A large part of this generation's social and emotional development is occurring while on the Internet and on cell phones. Parents need to understand these technologies so they can relate to their children's online world—and comfortably parent in that world."

Gwenn O'Keeffe, MD, FAAP, co-author of the clinical report

Tips for Talking to Teens about Social Media
  • Learn about social media sites firsthand. Set up your own account on Facebook, Myspace, or Twitter, and have a policy requiring that you and your children "friend" each other.
  • Know where your teens have an online presence. Be aware of the sites your teens are using, and have them show you the privacy settings for each account to ensure they are not sharing personal information inappropriately.
  • Discuss your teens' technology use frequently. Ask your kids daily how they have used the Internet, and share how you used the Internet and who you connected with online that day.
  • Set time limits for Internet and cell phone use. Discern how your teens are using social media and how their technology use may be affecting their sleep, study habits, or physical activity so that you can set appropriate limits.
  • Remind your kids that social media is a public domain. Emphasize that everything sent over the Internet or a cell phone can be shared publicly and is a permanent record, and discuss what it means to use good judgment when sending messages or pictures.
Gaining a better understanding of the social media world will not only help you keep your teens safe online, but it will also allow you to connect with your kids in new ways.

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When Life Hands You Teenagers

Register now for our enlightening conference designed for parents and people who work with youth.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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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.

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

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

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

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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.