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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…

Bell Let’s Talk Day – January 30th

In September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk began a new conversation about Canada’s mental health. At that time, most people were not talking about mental illness. But the numbers spoke volumes about the urgent need for action. Millions of Canadians engaged in an open discussion about mental illness, offering new ideas…

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…

A Message from Our Executive Director

As we move into 2019, this is the perfect time to reflect on our work in 2018. ASYR is committed to offering high quality programs and services to individuals affected by addictions. You are at the centre of our work. We are committed to working alongside you in your recovery….

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…

Indigenous Cultural Competency Training 2019

The intent of the OFIFC’s ICCT is for organizations to contribute to the development of necessary skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that support the development of meaningful and informed relationships with the Indigenous community. Throughout the training, participants will build practical skills that can have a meaningful impact on organizational…