Health & Wellness

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…

Stay Hydrated with Water

Water is essential to life. Getting enough water every day is important for your health and is the best way to quench your thirst. Why do I need water? Our bodies lose water by sweating, breathing and getting rid of waste. If you lose more fluid than you take in,…

6 Types of Animals Used for Therapy

While the most common therapy animal is dogs, the use of other animals in therapy is on the rise. We know how our pets help us get through life. Whether trained or not, owning and caring for pets provides a certain amount of therapy and proven health benefits. Most therapy…

Sun Safety Basics

Most of us like to work, play, and relax outside on a sunny day. But too much sun and heat can be harmful, so be careful! Protect against UV rays all year round It is important to protect against UV rays all year round, not just in the summer. Reflections…

What’s So Bad About Sugar?

You’ve probably heard this a million times before… but it’s worth repeating. Added sugars (like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contain a whole bunch of calories with NO essential nutrients. For this reason, they are called “empty” calories. There are no proteins, essential fats, vitamins or minerals in sugar……