Friday, June 26, 2009

"A Reason to Live" presented at UBH Denton

Vanita related her moving story as the mother of a teen battling bipolar depression during the UBH Denton session yesterday. She also presented data on some of the latest studies regarding teens, depression and suicide before showing the new documentary "A Reason to Live" to an audience of more than 50 school counselors, private therapists, teachers and others who work with teens.
After the film, Vanita moderated a panel discussion, which included Annie Walley (left), from UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center, and Caroline Cumbie (center), from Teen CONTACT.

Both members of the I AM H·E·R·E Coalition, Annie and Caroline were able to bring their perspectives to the issues raised in the documentary, based on their respective work with adolescents.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Check out the UBH Denton Summer CEU Series

Our president, Vanita Halliburton, will be speaking at the University Behavioral Health of Denton Continuing Education summer series this Thursday, June 25. After Vanita speaks from the heart about her own experience, attendees will watch the powerful documentary "A Reason to Live."

This film offers a deeper understanding of depression and suicidal behavior through 12 penetrating personal stories of despair and hope, told by the young people themselves and their families (more info). Following the documentary, a discussion about issues raised in the film will be led by panelists Vanita Halliburton, Caroline Cumbie, and Annie Walley.