Grant Halliburton Foundation

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Grant Halliburton Foundation's mission is to strengthen the network of mental health resources for children, teens, and young adults; promote better mental health; and prevent suicide.

The Foundation provides mental health education, training, and support to more than 35,000 students, educators, parents, and professionals annually.

To do this, we work to help families and young people recognize the signs of mental illness through a variety of avenues including mental health education, collaboration, encouragement, and information.

We offer a variety of programs, presentations, and an annual conference on mental wellness, suicide prevention, bullying, resilience, and other issues impacting youth mental health. 

The Foundation also developed Here For Texas, which includes, an online searchable database of mental health resources in Texas, and the Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line, a free helpline. These no-cost community tools aim to offer easy access for Texans seeking mental health and addiction resources and information.

How is your cause celebrating North Texas Giving Day?

This year we've created a five-part video series — "There's No Place Like Hope." Using puppets, we've put our special spin on "The Wizard of Oz," a classic we've all come to love.

Our small, but talented creative team at the Foundation wrote and directed this original series. We even partnered with the Dallas Puppet Theater who created the characters and scenery. They were the puppeteers behind our characters, making them come to life. Two of our outreach and education staff members voiced Dorothy and Glinda.

The series follows Dorothy, a teen struggling with mental health issues, as she journeys along the Yellow Brick Road to find the help and hope she seeks at the great and wonderful Grant Halliburton Foundation in the Emerald City in North Texas. Along the way, Dorothy meets others who tell her about the life-changing programs Grant Halliburton Foundation offers. 

We premiered the first episode on August 22 on our social channels and on our North Texas Giving Day landing page. New episodes are released each Thursday morning leading up to the big day on September 19.

Have you participated in North Texas Giving Day in past years? What was your experience? 

This is the Foundation's tenth year to participate in North Texas Giving Day and we always looks forward to it. Year after year, we have a great experience. In 2018, we once again broke our previous year's record on the amount we raised. It's a fun and celebratory way to raise vital funds needed to continue our life-saving and life-changing programs for youth in North Texas.

Plus, the Communities Foundation's North Texas Giving Day team always does a great job of prepping the participating nonprofits to get the most out of the day. They make each year different and fun, attracting more people and dollars to the cause.

Other than a donation, how can individuals and groups support your cause?

There are a few other ways people can support the Foundation. First, we always need volunteers. A volunteer's time and talent can make a real difference in young people’s lives in North Texas. Whether providing support for a fundraising event, helping at our When Life Hands You Teenagers conference, or assisting around the office, it’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things in our community.

Committees are also a way people can support our cause. We raise funds through three annual fundraising events: Beacon of Hope Community Luncheon, Connection H·E·R·E’s Bingo Bash, and Steaks on the Lake. For each of these events, we have working committees to help make these fundraisers come to life.

What are some of your other favorite causes in North Texas?

A few other great causes in North Texas are Okay to Say, NAMI North Texas, Mental Health America of Greater Dallas, Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas, Momentous Institute, and Resource Center.

Mary Martin