Health & Wellness

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…

Self-Compassion: Being Kinder to Yourself

Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others. Think about what the experience of compassion feels like. First, to have compassion for others you must notice that they are suffering. If you ignore that homeless person on the street, you can’t feel compassion for how…

The Teal Pumpkin Project

Halloween is a dream holiday for kids, but for parents of children with food allergies it can be a nightmare. Chocolate, dairy, nuts and so many other treats can be deadly for kids who suffer from severe allergies. It’s why one Halloween project is hoping to help keep children safe…

#bethinkFull Stress Relief Tips

thinkFull is a stress management app that provides daily wellness tips. It was created by Telus in partnership with mindyourmind and other partners. Here are some stress relief tips: Ask for help if you need it. Stress can keep building and sometimes you need someone to help guide through it….

Things to Do if You or Someone You Love May be Considering Suicide

A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. People who take their lives don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member…

Addressing Stigma

Mental Illness is not a Character Defect. There are many reasons why people develop mental illness. Some are genetic or biological. Some are a result of childhood trauma or overwhelming stress at school, work or home. Some stem from environmental injustice or violence. Sometimes, we simply don’t know. Regardless of…

Streamlined Access

Connecting You to Mental Health, Addiction, and Dual Diagnosis Services in York Region and South Simcoe. About Streamlined Access Streamlined Access is a FREE referral service that connects individuals, 16 years of age and older, who are dealing with a mental health, and/or addiction issue, and/or dual diagnosis, and are…

How to Prevent & Treat a Sunburn

A tan is visible proof that your skin has been damaged by UV rays. Tanning is your skin’s response to overexposure to UV rays. Skin damage caused by the sun is cumulative. This means that long-term, daily exposure to sunlight adds up. UV exposure causes damage in the DNA of…

Talking to Kids About Drugs

It is never too early to start talking to kids about drugs. Substance use is part of life and children who talk with their parents about drug use start to form their own opinions. Explanations and early conversations about chewable vitamin tablets are a good place to start. Children may…

Your Quit Smoking Plan

Being prepared and making a personal quit plan will help you quit smoking for good. Eight tips to making quitting easier Make a list List all the reasons why you want to quit and keep the list close by for when you are tempted to smoke. Think of your: Family…