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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…

Addiction Services of York Region Expands Umbrellas Program for Pregnant Women and Mothers with Young Children Who Are Experiencing Substance Use Disorder

Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) confirmed today that it will receive funding to expand its Umbrellas program. The Umbrellas program provides programs and services to support pregnant women and mothers with young children who are experiencing substance use disorders. The Umbrellas program is offered by a number of addiction…

Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?

Did you know? Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), can DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES of successfully quitting smoking versus willpower alone. What’s more – if you stay smoke-free for your first week of quitting, you’re 9x more likely to quit for good. We can help you get through that crucial first week. The…

Another Overdose Alert as More Purple Heroin Found in Ontario

Health officials in Waterloo Region are issuing an overdose alert after a purple substance believed to be fentanyl was seized during a police investigation. Waterloo authorities say the substance found is said to have a playdough-like consistency with a purple tinge. It’s currently undergoing testing, but officials think it may…

What Does Recovery Look Like?

Despite popular belief, recovery does not necessarily mean that someone has achieved abstinence from their addictive behaviour. Instead, recovery is about improving one’s quality of life through a journey of self-discovery and growth. For some this may include a plan of abstinence, yet for others it may be about achieving…

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…