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World Health Day 2018: Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.

The World Health Organization was founded on the principle that all people should be able to realize their right to the highest possible level of health. “Health for all” has therefore been their guiding vision for more than seven decades. It’s also the impetus behind the current organization-wide drive to…

Spring as a Season of Cleansing and Renewal

6 Tips for Spring Cleansing and Renewal 1. Become Current in Your Life Spring is a time to shed your former self and shift the habits that hinder your progress toward optimal health. It is a season to embrace yourself honestly as you look at all of your habits and…

Drug Addiction Myths

These myths about the addicted stigmatize them and can sabotage interventions. Addiction is a choice. Recovery isn’t as simple as exercising enough willpower. People do not choose to become addicted any more than they choose to have cancer. Genetics makes up about half the risk of addiction; environmental factors such…

About the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection for individuals who seek emergency help during an overdose. The act became law on May 4, 2017. It complements the new Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, our comprehensive public health approach to substance use. Harm reduction is a key part of the strategy…

Keep It Real – Community Discussion

Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) was the recipient of seed funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to embark upon a research project to explore attitudes, behaviours and concerns from youth in York Region around substance use. As part of this project, ASYR worked closely with members of the Drug…

Let’s Talk It Out! Winter Wellness Drop-in Group

Let’s Talk It Out is a 7-week wellness drop-in group that supports participants as they explore their inner strengths and talents. Participants will learn to develop a growth mindset and resilience through inspirations from Ted Talk discussions and participation in different creative activities such as expressive arts, laughter yoga, mindful movement, writing to…

ASYR to Lead Wellness Collaborative

On August 29, 2017, the Minister of Health & Long-Term Care (Ontario) announced that $222 Million would be invested in addictions over the next three years. In the fall of 2017, the Ministry announced that it was committed to investing in the community and that $70 Million of the $222…

Reasons to Say No to Drugs

People have many reasons for using drugs, and your teenager may be considering some of them. They also may have misconceptions about how many people are using drugs. Talking to them about why they can choose to say no is one of the best ways you can help them. Use…

What is Mindfulness?

Should you be doing it? Is it actually worth squeezing into your already busy schedule? In the simplest sense, mindfulness is about being present and accepting your thoughts and feelings. Stress has a way of taking up too much space in our heads, lingering after a bad commute and building…

Indigenous Cultural Competency Training Workshops

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…