Exercise and the Brain
Anyone who knows me knows that I really, really believe in the benefits of exercise; it’s a crucial part of our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Don’t take it from me, recent research outlines some of the benefits:
- Exercised muscles are better at getting rid of the stress we hold in our bodies
- Exercise sparks ideas and spurs creativity
- 70% of regular exercisers feel good about their physical appearance
- Exercise increases gray matter—which improves memory
- …Oh yeah, and it helps our heart and lungs
Check out these two articles for more:
You want to talk to your teen about their digital footprint and behaviors again but you’re not sure how/where to start without feeling like a nag or a broken record? Send or give this article to your teen then ask their thoughts
Check out What These Students are Doing!
Students from Hough High created videos in their Marketing classes using different marketing strategies to promote tolerance and anti-bullying. Check them out at
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) posts their Top 10 Online Stories of 2014–they do such great work!
Here’s the story of an amazing man who fought for our country and was a humanitarian. And then he couldn’t take anymore. He took his life after openly advocating for his mental health needs with the VA. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for America Veterans Act would help so many others. The Legacy of Clay Hunt
Ordinary People: a Collaboration
Davidson Learns, Davidson LifeLine, and Carolinas Healthcare System Behavioral Health-Davidson are offering a 5-week class that explores mental health themes from Judith Guest’s book, Ordinary People. Davidson Community Players is offering their version of Ordinary People February 26-March 15. The class will attend a performance together. Find more information at Davidson Learns
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Training Opportunities—QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer)
QPR training provides three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. A ninety minute class empowers you to sit in crisis with someone and know what to say. QPR is held the third Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Davidson Parks and Rec center.
Sign up! For more information and to register, please click here and look for “QPR” in the program section, or contact Leslie Willis at 704-940-9609 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This training is appropriate for those in high school and older. There is no cost associated.
704-444-2400 Carolinas HealthCare System 24-Hour Help Line
The help line, staffed by masters-level mental health professionals and registered nurses, offers crisis intervention 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The staff can also provide assessments for psychiatric and substance use disorder treatment, make referrals to behavioral health specialists and offer information on community behavioral health resources. Whether you’re a family member or struggling yourself, there is someone to help just a phone call away.