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A Mother Gives Back: After losing her only daughter to leukemia, Marie Olsen finds solace through volunteering

  • 26 July 2016
  • Content Editor

Written and Photographed by Maggie FitzRoy

Marie Olsen likes to say that her daughter, Sarah, was an “extraordinary ordinary child.”

Growing up, she was kind to everyone and had “a huge heart.” In middle school, she taught herself American Sign Language (ASL) so she could talk to her deaf cat, and then continued studying it through high school so she could communicate with deaf people.

How to be Cool & Kind: What to do when your child is a bully

  • 26 July 2016
  • Content Editor

By Caren Burmeister

Many adults can share a painful childhood bully story that evokes sympathy for the victim’s humiliation and sense of powerlessness. But what if your child is the bully? For every victim there’s a perpetrator and that child may be your own.

“Bullying is an imbalance of power, when someone is hurtful to someone else on purpose for no reason, again and again,” says Amanda Sheroff, a counselor at Jacksonville Country Day School and Child Safety Matters facilitator at the Monique Burr Foundation for Children.  

Sleep and Memory

  • 30 June 2016
  • Jaxcher

If you are working the night shift, sleep can be elusive.  If you are in a high stress job, not getting enough sleep can cause you to make mistakes.  Here are some recent research findings on how sleep deprivation can affect your memory.  Take them into account, and make sleep a priority for peak work performance.

Be a Team Player: Group exercise is the best motivator

  • 31 May 2016
  • Jaxcher

It is 5 a.m. and you are trying to motivate yourself to get out of bed to go to the gym before a long day at work. You know it is the right thing to do. You know that later in the day, you will regret not exercising. As you lay there, warm and snuggly, tucked under your blankets, the idea of sweating it out on the elliptical is far from inviting. Then your phone beeps with a text. It is your workout friend with the quip “Rise and shine. See you in 15.” You let out a groan and drag yourself up from bed. You throw on your workout clothes, lace up your sneakers and head out the door. It is a lot harder to let down a friend, than it is to let down yourself.

Seasonal Depression

  • 2 December 2015
  • admin

If the winter blues become too much to bare, get help. Here is a list of some places here in Northeast Florida that are a good place to start.

PSI Behavioral Health
3890 Dunn Ave
Suite 1104
Jacksonville, Florida 32218

Breakthroughs: Counseling & Recovery
3810-3 Williamsburg Park Park Blvd
Jacksonville, Florida 32257