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Virtual care during COVID

New resources for virtual health care during COVID-19

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New resources for virtual health care during COVID-19

Have you tried to get a doctor’s appointment during COVID-19, even once the restrictions began to lift? Easier said than done, eh?

As concerns rise over the well-being of Canadians, leading mental health and substance use organizations are highlighting the value of virtual care during the pandemic. When it is difficult for caregivers and clients to meet in person, technology can enable them to meet virtually.

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Photo: bigstockphoto.com

A new resource, Virtual Care for Mental Health and Substance Use During COVID-19 highlights the importance of seeking care and support early on, and provides information on how to access the many virtual care options available, to help people in Canada, including the new Wellness Together Canada portal.

“Recent polling conducted for the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) by Nanos Research tells us that, while the mental health of people in Canada is worsening, access to online services remains low,” says Louise Bradley, MHCC president and CEO.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) – in partnership with the MHCC, the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine, The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and the Canadian Psychological Association – developed this resource to address concern that people in Canada may not be seeking or accessing help for mental health and substance use issues.


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Marlin Spring co-founders launch foundation to support youth

Marlin Spring co-founders launch foundation to support youth

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Marlin Spring co-founders launch foundation to support youth

CEO Benjamin Bakst and CFO Elliot Kazarnovsky, co-founders of Toronto-based developer Marlin Spring, have launched the Marlin Spring Foundation.

This non-profit organization is dedicated to supporting groups with youth-focused mandates in three key areas: Education, mental health and youth programming.

Left to right, Marlin Spring Co-Founder and CFO Elliot Kazarnovsky; Marlin Spring Foundation Executive Director Shayna Haddon; WE Charity Co-Founder, Craig Kielburger; and Marlin Spring Co-Founder and CEO Benjamin Bakst.
Left to right, Marlin Spring Co-Founder and CFO Elliot Kazarnovsky; Marlin Spring Foundation Executive Director Shayna Haddon; WE Charity Co-Founder, Craig Kielburger; and Marlin Spring Co-Founder and CEO Benjamin Bakst.

“Since we launched our real estate business five years ago, we have been dedicated to giving back to the community,” says Bakst. “Now, we will be supporting the greater community on a broader level. Our mission is to create lasting change for those that are the most vulnerable, yet have the most potential – our children.”

“We will accomplish this in three ways,” adds Kazarnovsky. “First, as an international company, Marlin Spring is experienced in various business development initiatives. Through the Foundation, we will work with organizations to offer strategic direction on planning, budgeting and outcomes to achieve optimum success. Essentially, we will utilize our business as a resource in the partnership. The second is through corporate and individual donations, and the third is through volunteers who help facilitate our programs. We take our tagline ‘Together we could change the world’ very seriously.”

The first partnership is Marlin Spring Foundation’s support of WE Well-being program, a new initiative from WE that empowers people of all ages with tools, resources and capacity building opportunities to promote and nurture their own positive mental well-being and the mental well-being of their community. WE Well-being takes a proactive approach based on evidence-based mental health prevention and promotion strategies, designed to build a foundation of awareness and taking action. The Marlin Spring Foundation will help deliver WE Well-being into Grade 6 classrooms across Canada. WE is a family of organizations that makes doing good, doable.

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Hats On For Awareness

10 years, $1 million for Hats On For Awareness

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10 years, $1 million for Hats On For Awareness

With the help of generous donations received at the Hatsquerade Gala, Hats On for Awareness has cumulatively raised $1 million for mental health programs and initiatives.

The momentous 10th annual Hatsquerade Gala was a celebration of 10 years of support for those living with and affected by mental illness and addictions. With the help of generous donations received at the gala, Hats On for Awareness (HOA) will be able to meet its goal of distributing, cumulatively, $1 million in its 10th year to mental health programs and initiatives across the GTA.

“Back when Hats On was just a twinkle in our eye, we dreamed of raising money for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and making a difference in the lives of people living with and affected by mental illness and addiction,” said HOA co-founder Enza Tiberi-Checchia. “A decade later we are on our way to distributing more than $1 million to mental health programs and initiatives and this unimaginable milestone would not be possible without the unwavering support along the way.”

The team from HOMES Publishing Group, from left, Fay Splett, Silvana Longo, Michael Rosset, Trish Sutton, Jessica MacInnis, Leanne Speers, Sonia Presotto and Josh Rosset.
The team from HOMES Publishing Group, from left, Fay Splett, Silvana Longo, Michael Rosset, Trish Sutton, Jessica MacInnis, Leanne Speers, Sonia Presotto and Josh Rosset.

More than 1,000 people attended the 10th annual gala at Universal Event Space in Vaughan on October 26, 2018 and wore a hat to show support and raise awareness. Just like at the inaugural gala a decade ago, a parade of supporters donning stunning hats officially opened the show.

HOA co-founders Tiberi-Checchia and Benny Caringi formally thanked supporters who have been with the organization since 2009, as well as the many sponsors of the 10th annual Gala.

Over the last year, HOA has showcased significant milestones from the organization’s history. Some of its many accomplishments include enhanced advocacy work and encouraging others to share their stories to end the stigma around mental illness.

Leading by example, Tiberi-Checchia is sharing her lived experience with mental illness through her ground-breaking blog, Mi Etcetera, in which she reveals her journey through illness, healing, recovery and thriving.

Future HOA funds and advocacy will seek to support suicide, Tiberi-Checchia told attendees.

Hats On For Awareness co-founders Benny Caringi and Enza Tiberi-Checchia.
Hats On For Awareness co-founders Benny Caringi and Enza Tiberi-Checchia.

HOA began as a promise made 28 years ago when the Tiberi family patriarch, Giovanni, lost his battle with depression and took his own life. After his death, Tiberi-Checchia made a promise to help prevent this from happening to other families.

Recipients of donations to HOA include CAMH, of which HOA fulfilled a $270,000 pledge toward a dedicated volunteer lounge and a patient room along with continued support year-over-year; Jack.org’s National Student Summit; a pledge of $150,000 to Humber River Hospital’s Mental Health and Addictions Program; as well as funds to What’s Up Walk-In, a collective of six clinics in the GTA providing immediate, free counseling to those in need.

“In the past year, since Hats On has been involved in helping us with our promotional material, we’ve had about 5,000 visits across all six agencies, which a 57 per cent increase in the number of clients who access our walk-in, which is incredible,” said Emma Turner, a clinical supervisor at What’s Up Walk-In.

“We are overwhelmed and so proud of how Hats On has helped countless individuals and families through our benefactors’ important work and we pledge to keep striving toward mental wellness for all,” said Caringi.

This year’s Hatsquerade emcee was Z103.5 radio announcer Tony Monaco and the crowd was entertained by Canadian icons Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black and Platinum Blonde, as well as a surprise video message from Grammy award-winning artist Alessia Cara.

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Helping break the stigma surrounding mental illness

Helping break the stigma surrounding mental illness

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Helping break the stigma surrounding mental illness

Brock Citizen

The Durham Region Health Department is encouraging residents to promote mental health in everyday settings and help break the stigma surrounding mental illness.

One in five Canadians will be diagnosed with a mental health illness at some point in their lifetime; that means over 100,000 Durham Region residents are currently living with a diagnosed mental illness.

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, more than 60 per cent of people with mental health problems and illnesses won’t seek the help they need and stigma is one of the main deterrents. A stigma is a negative stereotype or attitude and the resulting negative behaviours they produce.

http://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/7084422-durham-region-health-department-wants-you-to-help-break-stigma-surrounding-mental-illness/


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Body & Soul: Nordic Pole Walking

Reduce stress and stay fit by Nordic Pole Walking

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Reduce stress and stay fit by Nordic Pole Walking

by Agnes Ramsay

Walking improves your attention span and your outlook on life. According to researchers, walking outdoors can boost virus and tumour-fighting white blood cells. It’s free, and you can walk almost anywhere. It’s a great activity to do alone or with others. What’s not to love?

My husband teases me for being a tree hugger, but I don’t need any specialist to tell me how great I feel after a brisk walk. However, some of us have limitations due to bad knees, hips or lower back problems.

Nordic Poles to the rescue

A couple of years ago, my husband and I hiked through several State and National parks. Our first hike was six hours on the East Rim Trail in Zion National Park. Although we were fit 53-year-olds, the wear and tear of my husband’s professional hockey playing days had caused knee and hip problems. Hiking upwards wasn’t so bad, but heading back down became difficult. We found a sturdy stick that helped, and then I had a lightbulb moment – Nordic Poles.

After my husband iced his knees, we headed off to an outfitting store and chose a pair of collapsible, lightweight, aluminum, anti-shock poles. That night I researched pole walking techniques and the following day we hit the trails for a four-hour ridge climb. I was nervous, but my husband was determined. He barely struggled getting down the steep pathway, using the poles as though he’d been doing it all of his life.

At one point I borrowed his poles and couldn’t believe the zip it gave to my hiking, as well as the additional workout I felt in my upper body. I have since purchased a set of my own.

Nordic Pole benefits

  • Upper body assistance with overall strength, improving endurance and speed
  • Balance and stability are enhanced on uneven terrain
  • Shock absorption – reduces impact on hips, knees, ankles and feet
  • Helps to establish, and maintain, a consistent pace
  • Burns more calories than walking

Buying Tips

  • When looking for the right size, your elbows should be at a 90-degree angle
  • Ensure that they are collapsible for traveling
  • Check the comfort level of the hand grips and wrist straps
  • Anti-shock poles reduce strain on hands and wrists
  • Lightweight, carbon poles are more expensive, but aluminum poles are more flexible and better for running

USING YOUR POLES

  • Grip poles (firmly), with your elbows at 90 degrees.
  • Let your arms swing naturally – opposite arm to leg
  • Reach slightly forward with the pole, and push down on the ground and back
  • Upright posture when going forward
  • Lean slightly forward when going uphill
  • Don’t overdo it on the first day
  • Establish a rhythm and stretch afterwards
  • Poles assist with stability in the winter, but in icy conditions, wear appropriate footwear (i.e. boot traction slip ons) and use trails that are well-maintained.
Agnes Ramsay specializes in Electric Muscle Stimulation Training.

agnes.ramsay@xbodyworld.com.


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Blue Monday trivialises mental health problems, say charities

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Blue Monday trivialises mental health problems, say charities

Belfast Telegraph

The third Monday of January, Blue Monday is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. It is often accompanied by advertising campaigns and sales, giving consumers deals to beat the January blues.

But mental health campaigners have said this belittles people who suffer from mental health problems.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/news/blue-monday-trivialises-mental-health-problems-say-charities-35370117.html

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