Questions about being shy, acne, weight loss, sleep, school, bullying, body image, drugs, alcohol or depression? The Kids Help Phone also has an incredible website just for teens.
Do you or someone you know have mental health concerns? If you are at risk of hurting yourself or others, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department. Children's Mental Health Services is an accredited mental health agency dedicated to serving children, youth and their families in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. Their community and residential services include individual and family therapy, crisis counselling, psychiatric and psychological services, and residential treatment facility. Kinark Child and Family Services is a children's mental organization serving Peterborough, Northumberland and Durham counties.
Questions about sexuality, birth control, sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy? Sexualityandu is an excellent site put together by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada that as all the latest info on all of these topics.
A healthy pregnancy starts even before you're pregnant!
The Healthy Pregnancy Guide from Health Canada gives you up to date information and important facts related to a healthy pregnancy. Need more information on prenatal screening tests for Trisomy 21, Trisomy 18 and 13, and spina bifida? The Mount Sinai's genetic counseling website is excellent. And for finding out what is safe in pregnancy for you, and what is normal, see Motherisk from the Hospital for Sick Children and the Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians of Canada.
Trusted information about children's health from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto here. Great safety information can be found at Healthy Children from the American Pediatric society, or at Caring for Kids from the Canadian Pediatric Society. Interested in learning expert parenting skills? Triple P Parenting is a resource for old hats who want to learn new tricks, blended families, and new parents looking to do things right from the start. Parents can receive telephone support, attend a community seminar series, request a face to face meeting, or attend a small group series.
Immunizations - No other medical breakthrough has saved more lives than immunization. We are lucky in Ontario to have so many immunizations covered through OHIP. For accurate information about vaccines, please see the Canadian Pediatric Society or ask Dr. Holowaty in person.
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease = emphysema and chronic bronchitis) - Learn a little bit more at our Breathing Easy page. The Canadian Lung Association is a fantastic site to learn everything you need to know about COPD.
Diabetes - is a lifelong disease characterized by high levels of sugar in the blood. Most people with diabetes have "type 2", which is the type you get as you get older, or with being overweight. The pancreas does not make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels normal, often because the body does not respond well to insulin. Many people with type 2 diabetes do not know they have it, although it is a serious condition. The Canadian Diabetes Association is your best source of information on this disease.
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women, and prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men. These are followed closely by lung and colorectal (colon) cancer. It has been estimated that 30% of all cancer deaths are due to smoking, and diet, obesity, and lack of exercise contribute to a third of all cancers. Learn how to reduce your risk at the Canadian Cancer Society website.
Questions about screening?Cancer Care Ontario has the skinny on who and what should be screened to catch cancer early.
Newly diagnosed? Looking for more information? The Canadian Cancer Society can assist with information, transportation, accommodations, volunteer support and counseling.
Heart Disease - Your heart is a muscle that gets energy from blood carrying oxygen and nutrients. Having a constant supply of blood keeps your heart working properly. Most people think of heart disease as one condition. But in fact, heart disease is a group of conditions affecting the structure and functions of the heart and has many root causes, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Some great websites on this topic are Heart Hub (from the American Heart Association), as well as Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation, where you can evaluate your risk, track your blood pressure and weight, and get heart healthy recipes.
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Mental health doesn't just cover serious psychiatric illness. Stress, anxiety, and burnout have a negative influence on all aspects of your life. Please see our resource page here.
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) - has been called the "silent killer" because it rarely has any warning signs before causing damage. High blood pressure can lead to kidney failure, stroke, and heart attack. Hypertension Canada has some great tools for helping you keep your blood pressure under control.
High Cholesterol - Having high levels of cholesterol in your blood is a major risk factor for heart disease. Ways to keep your cholesterol levels down are exercise, reduce your intake of cholesterol and saturated fats, and take any medications that your doctor may have prescribed to help with this.
Osteoporosis - is a thinning of the bones, making them weak and more likely to break with less force, such as breaking a hip with a slight fall. Osteoporosis is a silent disease. You might not know you have it until you break a bone! A bone mineral density test is the best way to check your bone health. To keep bones strong, eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, exercise and do not smoke. If necessary, there are prescription medications that can help keep bones strong. See the Osteoporosis Canada website for more info.