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Sherman ISD to Launch Mental Health Awareness Campaign
Herald Democrat | June 22, 2019

The Sherman Independent School District is preparing to begin implementing portions of a new mental health awareness program. The Texoma Health Foundation offered a grant to make a mental health and suicide awareness program available to Grayson County school districts through the Grant Halliburton Foundation. Read more…

Help! I Need Somebody!
Good Life Family | Guest Contributor | May 10, 2019

“Hello, Mrs. Halliburton. This is the eighth-grade school counselor. I’m calling about your son. It seems he has been cutting himself lately, and I think you will want to get some help for him right away. Do you know a therapist or psychiatrist?” This was the call I received from my son’s middle school one sunny day when I was 1,000 miles from home on a business trip. Read more…

Denison ISD to Address Mental Health Awareness
Herald Democrat | April 8, 2019

Denison students will soon have access to a new mental health awareness and suicide prevention program. The program is being provided to the Denison Independent School District through the Grant Halliburton Foundation by way of a grant provided by Texoma Health Foundation. Read more…

Behavioral Health Conference Shines Light on Mental Illness
Herald Democrat | February 28, 2019

Among the speakers during Thursday’s conference was Vanita Halliburton, who spoke about youth depression and the impact of suicide. Halliburton serves as the executive chairman for the Grant Halliburton Foundation, which is named after her son. Read more…

Out of the Darkness
Richardson Living | January 9, 2019

Vanita Halliburton is someone who deeply understands the need for this kind of education. “I’m not a mental health professional. I am an educator, and I have a degree in lived experience.” She describes her son, Grant, as a “bolt of energy” and a gifted artist. The family was surprised when he was diagnosed with chronic depression at 14, and bipolar disorder 1 with psychosis a few years later.
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Steaks on the Lake Raises Record Funds
Good Life Family | January 3, 2019

Guests at Grant Halliburton Foundation’s Steaks on the Lake dinner and auction raised a record $330,000 to support the Foundation’s mental health and suicide prevention programs in North Texas communities and schools. Read more…

Parents, RISD Staff Invited to Teen Suicide Prevention Talk
Lake Highlands Advocate | September 17, 2018

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and Richardson ISD is teaming up with the Grant Halliburton Foundation to share a presentation with parents and staff tonight/Monday in the Lake Highlands High library. Attendees will learn to recognize signs of distress in teens, safeguard against internet dangers and foster strong coping skills. Read more…

Online Mental Health Program Expands to Grayson County
KXII FOX 12 News | October 30, 2018

There's a new program in Grayson County to help people connect with mental health professionals. The "Here for Texas" program was developed by the Grant Halliburton Foundation. Read more…

Social Media and Our Teens
Good Life Family | August 15, 2018

Sierra Sanchez, Director of Outreach and Extension at the Grant Halliburton Foundation, speaks often to teens on this subject.She poses this scenario to them:Imagine sitting at a table with your closest friends but feeling like no one at the table really knows you. Read more…

Why is Teen Suicide on the Rise
Good Life Family | Guest Contributor | August 15, 2018

One day at a local school, an eighth-grade student walked up to Vanita Halliburton and silently handed her a folded piece of paper. Halliburton, co-founder of Grant Halliburton Foundation, had just presented a program on suicide prevention to the eighth-grade students. Read more…

Parish Episcopal Aims to Foster Healthy Minds
Preston Hollow People | May 15, 2018

The program was founded through a partnership between Parish and the Grant Halliburton Foundation to educate students, teachers, and parents on how to recognize signs of mental illness. The training helps school staff understand what stress looks like for students and identify the biggest stressors for the children, Vanita Halliburton, foundation executive chairman and co-founder, explained.  Read more…

Thieves Steal Fundraiser Items From Dallas Non-Profit
KDFW FOX 4 News | April 23, 2018

Just two days before an important fundraiser, burglars stripped a Dallas non-profit of its auction items. The fundraiser luncheon for the Grant Halliburton Foundation was set to raise money for a teen mental health hotline. Read more…

Understanding the Teenage Brain
Good Life Family | February 1, 2018

All parents believe at their core that their job is to keep their children safe,” says Vanita Halliburton, President and co-founder of the Grant Halliburton Foundation. When they’re young that means keeping them from touching the light socket or falling off the playground equipment, but as they become teenagers and start making decisions on their own, that role for a parent becomes much more difficult. Read more…

Finding a Strategy for Mental Wellness
Good Life Family | Guest Contributor | September 28, 2017

In high school, I was a stressed-out teenager. I fixated on grades. I resented criticism. I invested in the wrong relationships. I was over-extended, and my stress eventually began to manifest itself in physical reactions and forgetfulness. Mental health was not on my radar. Read more…

Third Suicide of Year Casts Shadow at Plano Senior High
KTXA CBS 11 News | June 5, 2017

For the third time in a year, students from Plano Senior High are planning a memorial for a classmate who committed suicide. “I can’t understand it. I really don’t. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to understand it,” said Ash Rabah, who lost his son in November. Read more…

Recent Suicides Raise Questions
The Cross Timbers Gazette | December 12, 2016

The loss of three young Flower Mound residents since Oct. 15 — young men ages 17, 21 and 16 — has created pain and left many with unanswered questions about suicide; an uncomfortable subject of conversation. Read more…

Parkland Pioneers Suicide Screening Program
KXAS NBC 5 News | September 7, 2016

Vanita Halliburton formed the foundation, and named it in honor of her son, with the goal of helping to prevent others from making the same decision and providing access to the help they need. Read more…

Everyday Bullying
Good Life Family | Guest Contributor | August 11, 2016

The anxiety about where to sit at lunch on the first day of school is enough to turn the stomachs of kids and parents alike. It’s bad enough for those in or around the “popular” groups, but imagine how hard it can be for kids who have been picked on or made fun of by their own peers. Read more…

Can We Talk?
Good Life Family | Guest Contributor | June 22, 2016

When children become teenagers, communication suddenly includes lots of eye-rolling, slammed doors, and dramatic closing arguments such as “You just don’t understand me!” So how do you open the lines of communication with your teen? Here are three conversations that may help. Read more…

Mission: To Eradicate Stigma
Preston Hollow People | April 1, 2016

Grant Halliburton was a bolt of energy. From an early age, he was the kid who woke up smiling and lit up a room when he walked in, his mother Vanita said. But then Vanita got a call from Grant’s eighth-grade counselor – Grant was cutting.
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Plano ISD Holds Forum on Grief, Loss
Plano Star Courier | February 12, 2016

In response to the recent deaths of two students, Plano East Senior High School hosted a panel discussion about grief and loss Wednesday night. Plano Independent School District partnered with the Grant Halliburton Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on teen mental health and suicide prevention.
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Teen Suicides Start Conversation in Plano
WFAA ABC 8 News | February 11, 2016

More than 100 parents and students met in the Plano East High School auditorium Wednesday to talk through the very difficult topic of suicide. "Talk to each other. Communication is so important," said Vanita Halliburton of the Grant Halliburton foundation. "Ask for help if you need it." Read more…

Plano Forum Tackles Grief, Teenage Suicide
KXAS NBC 5 News | February 10, 2016

"The death of any student or any teenager by any means is a tragedy, and this community is reeling from the shock of it," said Vanita Halliburton, of the Grant Halliburton Foundation, a Dallas nonprofit organization that educates people about adolescents' mental health and suicide prevention. Read more…

Keeping Teens Safe and Well
Good Life Family | Guest Contributor | November 1, 2015

Being a parent is one of life’s most fulfilling experiences. Parents spend most of their children’s lives serving as protectors to provide a healthy upbringing, leading to productive adult years. Read more…

Heartbreak to Heroine
Good Life Family | November 1, 2015

Few parents can imagine a tragedy worse than the death of their child. Vanita Halliburton not only had to endure such a tragedy but also had to exist with the reality that her son took his own life. Read more…

Is My Teen Depressed?
Good Life Family | Guest Contributor | January 5, 2015

We’ve all heard the saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” Even though we know better, we sometimes let ourselves believe that other families are faring better in the child-rearing department. Read more…

Greenhill Runway Show Puts Teen Charity in Fashion
Preston Hollow People | March 5, 2015

Planes surrounded the catwalk as the lights dimmed. Strutting down the runway came four feet of sass, Alex Ladin, the first of many student models in Greenhill’s fourth annual Runway for a Cause. The late January event, entirely student-run, benefited the Grant Halliburton Foundation, which works towards promoting mental health for teenagers. Read more…

Bad News: Mental Illness Afflicts 1 in 5. Good News: It Can Be Treated.
Dallas Morning News | March 5, 2015

Grant Halliburton was handsome, artistic, bright, popular and loved. He also suffered from bipolar disorder and depression. When he was 19, he jumped off a 10-story building to his death. His mother, Vanita Halliburton, has gone over this tragedy again and again. Read more…

5 Key Questions About Mental Illness
KERA News | February 3, 2013

KERA's Lee Cullum will moderate the discussion, which will feature four panelists: Vanita Halliburton, who created the Grant Halliburton Foundation in memory of her son, who battled depression and bipolar disorder before taking his own life at the age of 19. Read more…

Clayton McCleskey: Texas Faces a Silent Killer — Mental Illness
Dallas Morning News | February 2013

That changed my freshman year at college when my best friend from childhood, Grant Halliburton, jumped off a parking garage. Grant was a vivacious, fun-loving guy with a smile as wide as Texas. How could someone voted Coolest Kid on Campus his senior year of high school commit suicide? Read more…

Counselors Offer Hope to Community in Wake of Lake Dallas Student Deaths
Dallas Morning News | April 2011

Panelist Vanita Halliburton offered that there’s hope for the community and not to linger in answering questions about why this had to happen. Halliburton co-founded the Grant Halliburton Foundation in 2005 after the death of her 19-year-old son, a Plano West Senior High graduate. Read more…

Editorial: Suicides Prompt Praiseworthy Programs
Lewisville Leader | December 26, 2006

Also in Plano, Allen and Vanita Halliburton have been promoting mental health since their son, Grant, a talented artist who committed suicide last year, six months after graduating from Plano West Senior High School, following a long struggle with bipolar disorder. Read more…

Halliburton Art Exhibit Expands
Plano Star Courier | December 26, 2006

The Grant Halliburton exhibition entitled "Journey: The Art, Music and Words of Grant Halliburton" is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 5 at 14th Street Gallery, located at 1412 14th Street in downtown Plano. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Read more…

Grant Halliburton Foundation Awards $7,500 More
Plano Star Courier | December 26, 2006

The awards were announced in connection with the exhibition titled "Journey: The Art, Music and Words of Grant Halliburton." The exhibition, which was at the ArtCentre of Plano in May, is scheduled for a second showing at the 14th Street Gallery in August. Read more…

Halliburton Foundation Presents First Scholarship
Plano Star Courier | May 11, 2006

Vanita and Alan Halliburton presented the first art scholarship from the Grant Halliburton Foundation at a special ceremony on Tuesday at Plano West Senior High School. Read more…


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