Health & Wellness

What is Work-related Stress, and Why do we Need to Tackle it?

There is a difference between stress and pressure. We all experience pressure on a daily basis, and need it to motivate us and enable us to perform at our best. It’s when we experience too much pressure without the opportunity to recover that we start to experience stress. The definition of stress is ‘the adverse reaction…

Is There a Connection Between Mental Health & Substance Use?

When substance use and mental health issues co-occur (at the same time), it becomes known as a “concurrent disorder.” This term is used to refer to a wide array of  combinations of problems, such as anxiety disorder and an alcohol problem, schizophrenia and cannabis dependence, borderline personality disorder and heroin dependence and bipolar disorder and problem…

Measuring Low Income & Canada’s Official Poverty Line

Until January 31, 2019, Statistics Canada is conducting a consultation to gather input from Canadians to help validate how we are measuring poverty. Recently, the Government of Canada announced that the Market Basket Measure (MBM) will be used as Canada’s Official Poverty Line. Statistics Canada is currently conducting a comprehensive…

Focus on Workplace Health & Well-Being

Workplace health and wellbeing is not just about physical health and safety. It includes a variety of areas that promote a psychologically safe workplace! A Comprehensive Workplace Health & Safety Program has 3 main components: Occupational health and safety—This is often what we think about when we consider health and…

Strep Throat & Flu Tips

First it’s that rough feeling, like you swallowed a bit of sandpaper. You know what’s next: a sore throat. Is it the start of a cold, strep — or something else? “For most sore throats, you probably don’t need to see a doctor. You can treat it with over-the-counter remedies,…

Sleep Issues in Opioid Recovery

Sleep issues are a common problem in Opioid recovery. While sleep medications often help in the short term, they usually end up making the problem worse in the long-term. Here is a list of non-medication techniques to help you improve your sleep: Take care of your body: Do not drink…

Take Care of Yourself During the Holiday Season

Be sure to recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose. Someone may have overdosed if they: Are not able to wake up Are breathing slowly or not at all Have blue or grey lips or nails Have tiny pupils or their eyes are rolled back Have a limp body…

RAAM Clinics – Modified Holiday Hours

Monday, December 24th, 2018 Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital Clinic is OPEN  9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Markham Stouffville Hospital Clinic – CLOSED Tuesday,December 25th, 2018 All RAAM Clinics CLOSED Wednesday, December 26th, 2018  All RAAM Clinics CLOSED Thursday, December 27th, 2018 Humber River Hospital Clinic is OPEN 12:30 PM to…

Know Where to Go for Holiday Healthcare

Do you need non-emergency medical care? If you need non-emergency medical assistance, you have many options: Contact your primary care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) If your primary care provider is not available, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 To find a walk-in clinic near you, visit centralhealthline.ca or call 1-888-470-2222, 8:30 a.m. to…

Happy National Take a Hike Day!

On November 17, wear your most comfortable hiking shoes and take a hike because it is Take A Hike Day. Take a Hike Day was established to encourage groups of families and friends to get out into the wild and really get a taste of what it means to be…