Breaking Through the Silence: First Responder Mental Wellness

May 6, 2020
In the 2020 edition of Florida Firefighter Magazine, UCF RESTORES Fire/EMS Outreach Coordinator and Ret. Maitland Fire Chief Kim Neisler breaks down the unique stressors our first responders bravely face every day, the dedicated resources available to support them and the importance of “breaking through the culture of silence.” Click on the image below to […]
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The Symbiotic Relationship Between Behavior and Emotions

May 4, 2020
So much has changed amid the coronavirus pandemic, but, with planning and intention, you can stay connected with the areas of life that have brought (and can continue to bring) you joy, reducing stress in the process. In the next installment of our Wellness Education Series, Dr. Deborah Beidel is joined by UCF RESTORES Director […]
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Recognizing and Controlling Your Emotions

April 30, 2020
Did you know anger can actually be a healthy emotion? Well, to a certain degree, it can – if you learn how to manage it effectively. In the next installment of our Wellness Education Series, UCF RESTORES Clinician Keith Smith joins Dr. Deborah Beidel to break down the topics of anger and frustration, explore how […]
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What Do We Tell the Children?

April 27, 2020
As we continue to navigate the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), routines and structure carefully built to support our children, families and teachers have been stripped away. Fortunately, there are a variety of strategies and tactics that can be effectively and quickly applied at home to regain a sense of normalcy. In the next installment of […]
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Relaxation Training: What is it and how can you start today?

April 23, 2020
While certain stressors can be avoided or eliminated entirely in our daily lives, there are many things – especially now – that are not fully in our control and can lead to a pile-up on our “mental plate.” Fortunately, there are tactics that you can start using right now that move beyond traditional coping mechanisms […]
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Sleep Hygiene and the Importance of a Healthy Sleep Routine

April 20, 2020
Are you having trouble falling asleep? Do you wake up feeling like you didn’t get a wink of rest? In the third installment of our Wellness Education Series, UCF RESTORES Mental Health Clinician Chloe Findley joins Dr. Deborah Beidel to explore a variety of practices and habits – known as sleep hygiene – that can […]
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Mental Wellness Amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

April 16, 2020
We are living in unprecedented and uncertain times. While the challenges faced by our frontline heroes – including first responders and medical personnel – are not the same as what those quarantined at home may experience, that doesn’t change the fact that lives, families and communities are all affected in unique ways due to this […]
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What is stress and how can substance use become harmful to our wellbeing?

April 16, 2020
In the second installment of our Wellness Education Series, UCF RESTORES Mental Health Clinician Michelle Rehbein joins Dr. Deborah Beidel to explore the various sources of stress and anxiety, as well as the impact substance and alcohol use can have on our ability to safeguard our mental health during heightened times. Please continue to join […]
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UCF RESTORES Partners to Roll Out No-Cost, Tech-Based Initiatives to Address Mental Health Concerns

April 13, 2020
In an unprecedented time of uncertainty, UCF RESTORES is opening the virtual doors to a variety of no-cost, tech-based solutions and resources designed to promote connectivity in a time of isolation. Programs include a statewide database of culturally competent mental health providers, the roll-out of telehealth clinical services and the launch of the UCF RESTORES […]
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