News Release 

BrainHealth supports front line and first responders with stress resilience training

Program made possible by donations during North Texas Giving Tuesday Now

Center for BrainHealth

DALLAS (June 2, 2020) - In response to the impact of COVID-19 in the North Texas community, Center for BrainHealth®, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, will offer science-backed strategies and tools to help the brave men and women on the front line -including medical personnel and hospital staff, law enforcement officers, and other health care workers - mitigate stress, recharge and recalibrate, and boost cognitive performance as they perform their essential jobs. The Center raised $65,390 for these trainings, which includes a $15,000 matching gift from Bert Headden and Cindy Thomas and a generous donation from The Sapphire Foundation, during North Texas Giving Tuesday Now hosted by Communities Foundation of Texas.

The program will offer:

  • Online, self-paced cognitive training modules featuring the Center's Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART), stress solutions and sleep
  • A BrainHealth Boost video series with tips and tools to increase brain-healthy habits for stress resilience, tailored to front line healthcare providers and first responders
  • Interactive live resilience and mindfulness sessions led by the Center's subject-matter experts

Participants will be reminded of and empowered with tools and practices to impact their capacity for stress resilience.

"We appreciate the opportunity Communities Foundation of Texas has offered through this timely giving day and we are very grateful to the 68 donors and members of our team making the program come to life. We are eager to help those who are helping our community each day," said Dee O'Neill, head of executive and corporate solutions.

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For more information about the program please visit: https://brainhealth.utdallas.edu/programs/stressresiliencefrontlines/

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR BRAINHEALTH®

The Center for BrainHealth, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, is a research institute committed to enhancing, preserving and restoring brain health across the lifespan. Scientific exploration at the Center for BrainHealth is leading edge, improving lives today and translating groundbreaking discoveries into practical clinical application. By delivering science-based innovations that enhance how people think, work and live, the Center and its Brain Performance Institute™ are empowering people of all ages to unlock their brain potential. Major research areas include the use of functional and structural neuroimaging techniques to better understand the neurobiology supporting cognition and emotion in health and disease.

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