I AM H·E·R·E Coalition Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 4

Dear NMCA Members:

I have included some background information on the Grant Halliburton Foundation (a local family – not related to the Halliburton Corp.) and the I AM H. E. R. E. Coalition. One of our goals for this year is to volunteer our time and effort to assist this coalition in establishing a resource databank, as explained in the following paragraph.

The Grant Halliburton Foundation (GHF), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization was established by the Halliburton family in 2005 as a memorial to their son, who battled depression and bipolar disorder for several years before his death 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 help young people feel free to ask for help and to know where to go to get it. As a part of achieving this objective the Foundation launched I AM HERE, a coalition for teen and young adult mental health in April 2009. This coalition is comprised of more than 70 individuals from 55 different organizations throughout the Metroplex and focuses on the issues of Help, Education, Resources and Encouragement, The Coalition’s first major initiative is the development of a Resource Databank (HERE FOR YOU), that will provide teens/young adults, their families, as well as professional who work with youth ready access to information about mental health resources. The Halliburton family themselves experienced great frustration and difficulty identifying and accessing needed resources when trying to help their son and want to rectify this problem.

This will only require a very small donation of your time to attend meetings and work on the various tasks of researching and putting together the databank. The last two 2010 meetings of the Coalition are scheduled for October and December of this year. Attached to this email message you will find the latest Coalition Newsletter with more detailed information about the work of the Foundation and Coalition and meeting dates, times and places.

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about the work of this very worthy and much needed project. Please let me know if you can make it to the next meeting on Tuesday, October 26, from 4:00-6:30 pm. John Shirley is serving as one of the co-coordinators of the Resources Team and has suggested that all NMCA members could plan to go to dinner after the meeting for a little social time. Let me know if you are planning to attend and wish to go to dinner with us.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Have a Great Day!

Denine Hammonds, M.S.
President NMCA
(972) 350-2919

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