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Keeping Kids Safe: Mental Health Awareness

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First United Methodist Church Coppell
420 S. Heartz
Coppell, Texas 75019

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First United Methodist Church is hosting an event for parents and school-aged children on Jan. 9 at 6 pm. The Grant Halliburton Foundation will present their program titled SAFE! to both parents and teens. A program created for elementary aged children will also be provided.

Anxiety and Depression affect an estimated 5% of children aged 3-17 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children in our community are facing many challenges and the Church and Society team at First United Methodist Church recognized that and decided to do something. In conjunction with the Grant Halliburton Foundation, the team specially designed a program for teens, elementary aged children and their parents. The event will provide age-appropriate presentations separately to each group. Vanita Halliburton of the Grant Halliburton Foundation will present her knowledge and experience to parents while Stephanie Avery – also of the Foundation – will present to 6th-12th grade students. The presentations are designed to help foster resiliency in teens, look for signs of distress and promote brain health among other things. A presentation by Kierstin Ludwiczak, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology from CISD, will speak to elementary aged children.  

Dinner will be provided at 5:30 pm with the presentation starting at 6 pm. This no-cost event is provided to help our children be successful adults and is open to all in the community. Childcare for children younger than kindergarten is available upon reservation 48 hours in advance. To reserve childcare call 972-462-0471, ext. 204.

First United Methodist Church Coppell Church and Society team’s mission is to improve the lives of people by advocating for social justice through education and action, as inspired by our Wesleyan heritage. To do this, we educate ourselves, our congregation and our community on social justice issues as spelled out by the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church. Fumccoppell.org

Grant Halliburton Foundation works to strengthen the network of mental health resources for children, teens and young adults; promote better mental health; and prevent suicide. granthalliburton.org/index.html