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TAPMI
Pain U Online

The Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute presents 20 educational modules on key elements of chronic pain management. Learn about pacing, managing pain flare-ups, medication, and more.

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Pain U Online

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Pain
Pain management modules

The Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI) has developed these learning modules to help you:

  • Become knowledgeable about chronic pain 
  • Focus on goals that are important to you
  • Minimize stress
  • Identify warning signs and avoid flare ups
  • Improve overall quality of life
  • Stay active to improve your pain levels
  • Pace your activities to reduce your risk of flare up
  • Practice daily relaxation techniques
  • Learn how to communicate with family, friends, and care providers
  • Improve your sleep so you can cope better with your pain
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What is chronic pain
What is chronic pain and how does it work?

Watch this 3-minute video to better understand pain, including different body systems involved in the experience of pain.

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What is chronic pain and how does it work?

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The Guardian

For years people with conditions such as fibromyalgia, endometriosis, chronic fatigue or bad back pain – to name just a few – have been told the pain is all in their head. With no obvious physical symptoms, nociplastic pain can be difficult to diagnose but its effects are very, very real. Research suggests that the immune system plays a role in nociplastic pain, giving people 'feel bad' symptoms including fatigue, anxiety and nausea.

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the neuroscience of pain
The Neuroscience of Pain

Watch this 17-minute video by Dr. Marwa Azab from California State University to better understand the neuroscience of pain, both physical and emotional, and how pain might make us stronger.

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The Neuroscience of Pain

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Dr. Marwa Azab,  is an adjunct professor of psychology and human development at California State University, Long Beach. Watch this 17-minute video to better understand the neuroscience of pain, both physical and emotional, and how pain might make us stronger.  

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Tame the beast - time to rethink persistent chronic pain
Tame the Beast - It's time to rethink persistent pain

From pain scientist Dr. Lorimer Moseley, watch this 5-minute video to learn about the pain system and how it can become more or less sensitive and protective so you can develop ways to treat your pain.

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Tame the Beast - It's time to rethink persistent pain

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Pain
Tame The Beast

Pain scientists starting to think differently about persistent (chronic) pain and its causes, are they're making exciting discoveries - like how you think about your pain can change the way it feels. Here Professor Lorimer Moseley explains how pain works and explains new approaches to help reduce your pain.

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The mysterious science of pain
The Mysterious Science of Pain

From pain scientist Dr. Joshua Pate, watch this 5-minute video to learn about pain science including biological and psychological factors that influence how we experience pain.

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The Mysterious Science of Pain

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Ted Ed lessons worth sharing

In 1995, the British Medical Journal published a report about a builder who accidentally jumped onto a nail, which pierced straight through his steel-toed boot. He was in such agonizing pain that any movement was unbearable. But when the doctors took off his boot, they discovered that the nail had never touched his foot at all. What’s going on? Joshua W. Pate investigates the experience of pain. Lesson by Joshua W. Pate, directed by Artrake Studio.

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Live Plan Be+ skills and strategies for living with pain
LivePlanBe+

From Pain BC, LivePlanBe+ offers 23 educational modules on key elements of chronic pain management. Learn to make small changes that add up to big improvements in our well-being.

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SKILLS AND STRATEGIES FOR LIVING WITH PAIN

Learn about the everyday things we can do to improve our well-being. This program will help develop practical tools and strategies to cope with pain. 

LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE

Choose what topics to focus on, or use the program's customized, self-paced learning plan.

MAKE SMALL CHANGES

Apply your learning by making small, manageable changes to daily habits. The program makes it easier to work on these small changes.

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE WITH CONFIDENCE

Discover what works best and develop strategies to take back control of life. LivePlanBe+ will be beside you every step of the way.

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Pain, the brain and your amazing protectometer
Pain, the brain and your amazing protectometer

By pain scientist Dr. Lorimer Moseley, watch this 1 hour 20 minute video to understand what happens to the body when pain persists. You can learn new strategies to slowly retrain your pain system to be less protective.

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Pain, the brain and your amazing protectometer

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There have been some amazing pain discoveries over the last 20 years and they've opened up new opportunities for people in pain. This talk will explain that when pain persists, your body learns pain and becomes over protected, but you can use proven strategies to slowly retrain your pain system to be less protective. To begin, you need to rethink what pain actually is, what factors contribute to your pain and how you can tailor make your own retraining programme.

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how do pain relievers work
How Do Pain Relievers Work?

From science communicator George Zaidan, watch this 4-minute video to understand how some over-the-counter pain relievers work.

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How Do Pain Relievers Work?

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Ted Ed lessons worth sharing

 Learn about the basic physiology of how humans experience pain, and the mechanics of the medicines we've invented to block or circumvent that discomfort. Lesson by George Zaidan, animated by Augenblick Studios.

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Pain talk podcast
Pain Talk

Visit this podcast dedicated to bringing together experts who study and support individuals living with pain.

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Pain Talk

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Pain
Pain talk podcast

Have you ever wished you could pick the brain of your local pain expert, if you had one, or find the right word or phrase that can shift the mindset of someone living with persistent pain that can improve their function and quality of life? Pain Talk is a podcast dedicated to bringing together experts who study and support individuals living with pain. It is a platform where scientists, health care providers and individuals living with pain can talk pain—pain and simple.

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Pain Waves

Tune into podcasts from Pain BC, Pain Waves and learn from leading chronic pain experts and people in pain about pain management research, stories, and trends.

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Pain Waves

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Tune in to Pain BC's Pain Waves podcast to hear leading chronic pain experts and people in pain discuss the latest pain management research, stories, tools, and trends. Episodes are released once per month and can be accessed through iTunes and Spreaker. Pain BC is a registered health charity that has been leading efforts to improve the lives of people in pain through empowerment, care, education and innovation. Learn more at painbc.ca.


 

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The Most Painful Podcast

Listen to podcasts from the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans and learn about different aspects of chronic pain for Veterans and those who support Veterans.

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The Most Painful Podcast

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This podcast covers all aspects of chronic pain by presenting evidence-based information that provides better insight into chronic pain. Recent Government of Canada research found that Veterans are twice as likely to suffer from chronic pain compared to others in the Canadian population. We aim to investigate how this impacts Veterans, and their families. We explore topics such cannabis and psychedelics, and do they help treat chronic pain? We also investigate back surgery, military identity and what military and professional athletes have in common with identity. The evidence-based information on the show will help Veterans, clinicians, researchers, and anyone suffering from chronic pain. It is a 360-degree approach to education on chronic pain.

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Pain BC Sleep
Sleep by LivePlanBe+

Navigate this LivePlanBe+ module from Pain BC to learn why sleep is so important for managing pain and get simple tips to improve your sleep quality. Please note you will need an account on LivePlanBe+ to access this module.

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Sleep by LivePlanBe+

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Sleep
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Sleep can improve our ability to think, learn, and remember things. It supports our immune system and appetite. Research suggests that good sleep helps us with our daily activities at home and work, making us more efficient and productive.

For many of us with chronic pain, getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge. We may find it difficult to fall asleep or we may wake up often through the night. Even if we get the right amount of sleep, we can still feel tired in the morning if our sleep quality is poor.

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Sleep
My SleepWell

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi) is an evidence-based program helping people with insomnia get their sleep back without medications. Visit Sleepwell for a short list of CBTi self-help resources to get you started without a therapist.

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My SleepWell

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Sleep
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Sleepwell recommends CBTi (cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia) because it has excellent evidence that it works. The challenge for many is getting access to CBTi. This is where Sleepwell comes in.

We include a highly scrutinized short list of recommended CBTi resources to help get you started without delay. Our recommendations take a self-help approach to CBTi rather than requiring that a therapist be involved, which is also a great option but not available to most people.

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Sleep by Pain U Online

View this educational module from the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute to learn more about the benefits of sleep, its connection to pain, developing healthy sleeping habits, and sleep medications.

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Sleep by Pain U Online

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Sleep
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Sleeping is as necessary to survival as breathing, eating, and drinking. People can cope without sleep for a short period of time, however long-term sleep deprivation can have many negative consequences on the brain and body. By completing this educational module from the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute, you will learn about the benefits of sleep, its connection to pain, developing healthy sleeping habits, and sleep medications.

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All People, All Pathways - Peer Support - CAPSA

If you have questions about relationships with substances, you can join peer-facilitated stigma-free group meetings provided by the Community Addictions Peer Support Association.

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All People, All Pathways - Peer Support - CAPSA

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Substance Use
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Brought to you by CAPSA, this peer-facilitated group offers a few simple practices and tools designed to help those who are questioning their relationship with substances by:

Sharing experiences of successes and struggles

Creating a safe, stigma-free environment

Offering easy access to multiple sessions each week

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Support Groups
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People In Pain Network

Looking to connect with others living with pain and get support from peers? The People In Pain Network’s online pain self-management support groups help provide a better understanding of pain we feel, offering a balance between education and support.

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People In Pain Network

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People in pain network chronic pain help your pain pain support groups

People in Pain Network are people with persistent pain helping other people with persistent pain improve the quality of their lives by providing them with a greater understanding of the pain they are feeling, 

  • how to successfully manage their pain through self-management
  • education on why we feel pain and how our pain designed to assist us
  • break the cycle of isolation and hopelessness so often associated with persistent pain.
  • a safe place to talk to about their pain with others who understand.
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Support Groups
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Pain Support and Wellness Groups in British Columbia

Build a community of support. Pain BC offers an opportunity for people living with persistent pain in British Columbia to meet online regularly and build a community of support while learning about pain, pain management and coping strategies.

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Pain Support and Wellness Groups in British Columbia

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Groups are free to access and meet online twice a month. Each two-hour session will allow you to share your experiences, discuss self-management skills and take part in gentle movements as a group.

Pain Support and Wellness Groups are for BC residents only.

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Pain BC Support Line
Pain Support Line

Are you looking for information, resources or support to help you or someone you know to live better with chronic pain? British Columbia residents can call the Pain Support Line of Pain BC at 1-844-880-PAIN (7246) to speak with a trained staff member.

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We know your pain is real. The Pain Support Line offers free information, emotional support and resource assistance to empower people living with pain and their loved ones to improve well-being and advocate for themselves. Connect one-on-one with a trained staff member by email or phone.

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Phone Services
Progress over pain online interactive course
Progress Over Pain

Join this six-week online program led by peers that focuses on pain self-management (Ontario residents only).

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Progress Over Pain

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Over the six weeks different topics will be covered that relate to chronic pain, including 

  • The science of chronic pain
  • Stress
  • Sleep
  • Goal setting
  • Communication and 
  • Engaging in meaningful activity

Sessions are approached using principles of self-management, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness. Participation is interactive during sessions, and self-reflective activities will be provided to complete between sessions.

This resource is only available to Ontario residents. 

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Physical activity, pacing, exercises
Physical Activity by Pain U Online

Living with pain can make it harder to exercise sometimes. Being inactive however can lead to less strength and flexibility, and more pain. Go through this module from Pain U Online to learn how physical activity can help you manage your pain.

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Physical Activity by Pain U Online

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Movement
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When living with chronic pain it can be easy to stop participating in activity and exercise. Inactivity causes us to gradually lose strength and flexibility. We then find ourselves out of the habit of exercising, which ultimately causes pain levels to increase.

In this module, from Pain U Online, you will learn about:

  • How physical activity can help with pain management
  • How to identify what type of physical activity to focus on – utilizing the goal-setting and self-management tools
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Pacing Physical Activity by Pain U Online

Activity pacing is an important tool in chronic pain self-management, preventing the detrimental “all or nothing” cycle. Complete this module to learn the importance of pacing and tips on determining the right pace of activities for you.

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Pacing Physical Activity by Pain U Online

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Movement
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In this module, from Pain U Online, you will learn about: 

  • How over activity and inactivity can increase pain signals
  • How pacing can positively impact pain
  • How to identify what pacing looks like for you
  • Calculations to better manage activity levels
  • How to decide on an increase in activity schedule
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Simple Stretches

This module provides you with stretches/exercises as you manage pain. Before you start these exercises, please complete the Physical Activity and Pacing modules from Pain U Online to understand how, why, and when physical activity is good for you.

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Simple Stretches

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Movement
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In this module you will find:

  • neck stretches
  • low back exercises
  • relaxation stretches
  • cardio exercises
  • strength exercises
  • balance exercises

Disclaimer: While great care has been taken to ensure that these exercises and advice are prepared in a way that is safe and practical for most people, none of these exercises should be considered specific medical advice.

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Movement With Pain

Watch this 7-minute video to learn how to move and exercise safely when you have pain and how this helps your emotional and physical well-being.

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Movement With Pain

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Movement
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This video reviews the importance of remaining active while living with pain from people living with pain. 

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Fifteen Reasons to Walk Outdoors

Walking has many benefits and doing it outdoors may add to these benefits. Watch this 11-minute video where a pain physician from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Andrea Furlan, discusses the benefits of walking outdoors.

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Fifteen Reasons to Walk Outdoors

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Do you need a reason to walk? In this 11-minute video Doctor Andrea Furlan will give you 15 reasons to go for a walk outdoors. She will talk about the importance of walking and the benefits of doing it outdoors. 
 

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Gentle movement from home
Gentle Movement @ Home

Looking for guidance on gentle movement and relaxation for managing pain? Watch this series of 1-hour videos by Pain BC where physiotherapists and therapeutic movement professionals demonstrate specific movements that will help make you feel safe moving.

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Gentle Movement @ Home

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Gentle Movement @ Home is based on Pain BC’s Gentle Movement and Relaxation program, a training course for providers that was developed by physiotherapist Neil Pearson, one of Canada’s leading experts on movement and chronic pain. Sessions are led by physiotherapists and other therapeutic movement professionals and are designed to help people with persistent pain learn to feel safe to move again. Topics include breath awareness and regulation, body tension regulation, and movement and relaxation techniques in both seated and standing positions. Each video is approximately 50-65 minutes in duration.

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Living Engaged and Actively with Pain

The Toronto Rehab’s Brain and Spinal Cord Programs have put together a series of videos on gentle movement and relaxation techniques. Practice the exercises proposed in these 5-35-minute videos to help you manage pain and mobility issues.

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Living Engaged and Actively with Pain

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Passionate Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists at the Brain and Spinal Cord Rehab Program at Toronto Rehab, University Health Network share some of their self-management resources with the world. If you have pain, mobility issues, or simply wish to explore being kinder to yourself through gentle movement and relaxation, then this channel is for you!

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The Amazing Benefits of Dance for Arthritis, Pain and Seniors

View this 12-minute video by Dr. Andrea Furlan, pain physician from Toronto, as she demonstrates how to dance bolero, a Spanish-originated style, as you manage pain and arthritis.

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The Amazing Benefits of Dance for Arthritis, Pain and Seniors

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Movement
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In this video Doctor Andrea Furlan will demonstrate how to dance bolero, which is a slow-tempo music style originated from Spain. The dance has 4 groups of 8 steps each. You can print the 32 steps from this document: https://bit.ly/DanceBolero

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Pain+
Pain+

Are you looking for the latest findings in pain research and management? The Chronic Pain Network has developed the PAIN+ platform providing you access to high-quality research on pain.

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PAIN+ CPN articles have been rated, by both health care professionals and patients living with chronic pain, to determine clinical relevance and general interest. For Patients and their Caregivers: Are you interested in the evidence behind treatments for pain? Check out the Evidence Summary section where the latest in pain research is translated into easy-to-understand short abstracts.
 

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Aboriginal Children’s Hurt & Healing (ACHH) Initiative

Indigenous children and families often face misunderstanding or mistreatment in healthcare. Visit the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt & Healing Initiative website to learn how they aim to change this, in collaboration with communities and clinicians.

Aboriginal Children’s Hurt & Healing (ACHH) Initiative

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Indigenous children and families are often misunderstood and mistreated by health care professionals – an issue at the heart of the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt & Healing (ACHH) Initiative. The ACHH Initiative is working with communities and clinicians to bridge the gap in our understanding of Indigenous children’s pain and hurt. Our team is a broad partnership, consisting of Indigenous community leaders, clinicians, Elders, youth, researchers from Dalhousie University, IWK Health and many more. Through research and strong community and clinician partnerships we are working to bridge the gap in our understanding of Indigenous children’s pain and hurt and ultimately, improve healthcare experiences.

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Hope For Wellness Helpline

This multilingual service is available to all Indigenous Peoples in Canada; you can speak with an experienced, culturally competent counsellor, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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The Hope for Wellness Helpline is available to all Indigenous people across Canada. Experienced and culturally competent counsellors are reachable by telephone and online ‘chat’ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Both telephone and online chat services are available in English and French. Telephone support is also available upon request in:

  • Cree;
  • Ojibway (Anishinaabemowin);
  • Inuktitut.
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Using Cannabis to Treat Chronic Pain

If you are using or consider using cannabis to help you cope with your pain, take this short course created by the clinical and research team at Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic. Learn how cannabis works, and the benefits and risks associated with using.

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Using Cannabis to Treat Chronic Pain

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eLearning course on using cannabis to treat chronic pain! This course has been developed with a group of medical professionals to support people just like you. Topics covered includes:

  • Choosing Your Product
  • Cannabis and Your Body 
  • Using Medicinal Cannabis
  • Your Medicinal Cannabis Supply
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Conversations 
  • History

The development of this course would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of the clinical and research team at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic with pain clinic partners across Canada.

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Using Opioids to Treat Chronic Pain

Opioids are sometimes used to manage chronic pain but they can have serious risks. Navigate this module on the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute website to learn more about opioids, starting a trial, managing them, or decreasing your use.

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Using Opioids to Treat Chronic Pain

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In pain management, opioids are medications that work by blocking pain signals in your brain and spinal cord.  Opioids do not cure chronic pain and they come with some serious risks. Opioids should not be relied on as an important treatment for chronic pain as there is not a lot of scientific literature that supports the use of opioids for chronic pain. It is important to work with your health care provider to ensure you are using your opioids safely and effectively. Visit this webpage developped by TAPMI to learn more about opioids including how to start a trial, manage your opioids, or decrease your usage.

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Conversations of Substance

Are you curious about substance use health or have questions about it? Tune into this podcast series by the Community Addictions Peer Support Association and explore different aspects of substance use health with subject experts.

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Conversations of Substance

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This is a podcast series was created by the CAPSA (Community Addictions Peer Support Association) to talk about Substance Use Health - something that can be hard for many of us. There will be difficult questions about substance use that often don’t’ have easy answers.  Our aim is not to be confrontational, but also not to shy away from controversial ideas. We thank you for being open to hearing them.

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Sleep On It

A good night sleep is critical to our health. Visit Sleep On It website to increase your knowledge and get tools/resources related to sleep, its disorders, and solutions for sleep difficulty.

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Sleep On It

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Sleep On It mission is to promote the importance of sleep to maintain good health, to demystify sleep difficulties, and to offer solutions to patients. The website Sleep On it was created by the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network, the Canadian Sleep Society, Fondation Sommeil and Wake-up Narcolepsy Canada through their bilingual Canadian campaign to promote the importance of sleep to maintain good health.

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Benefits Finder

You may be eligible for federal or provincial benefits and services from the Government of Canada. Use this tool to find out which you are eligible to receive.

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The Benefits Finder is a tool that can help you find Benefits and Services that you may be eligible to receive. It asks a few questions and uses your answers to search. It does not collect or track your information. The more questions you answer, the more customized and accurate your results will be.

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Healthy Eating by Pain U Online

Healthy diet may be a great tool for your pain self-management! Read this module by the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute to learn about healthy eating habits, its relation to pain, and financial/other considerations.

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Healthy Eating by Pain U Online

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Nutrition
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Healthy eating and dietary changes may be one component of your chronic pain self-management plan.

Research shows that healthy nutrition has a positive effect on our health. What we eat influences our health. In Canada, dietary risks are one of the three leading risk factors for disease burden. To date, there are no scientifically proven “Chronic Pain Diets”, however healthy eating can benefit people with chronic pain in many ways. Visit this webpage by Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute to learn more about healthy eating.

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Stress Management by Pain U Online

Pain and stress are very closely related. Read this module by the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute to learn about different stressors, relationship between stress and pain, and ways to manage your stress, and by extension, your pain.

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Stress Management by Pain U Online

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Stress
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Persistent pain can contribute to life stressors, and chronic stress can worsen the pain experience. The good news is that anything that helps you manage stress can also help your pain, and anything to help with pain can also help you cope with stress.

Visit this webpage by TAPMI to learn: What stress is and why people experience stress, how stress and pain are related, how to identify your stress triggers and warning signs, and how to cope with stress in healthy ways.

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Stress by LivePlanBe+

Navigate this LivePlanBe+ module from Pain BC to explore the link between stress and pain and get tips on how we can manage pain by reducing stress. Please note you will need an account on LivePlanBe+ to access this module.

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Stress by LivePlanBe+

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Stress
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Understanding that stress is a natural response that does not automatically mean harm (much like some pain) will help us face stressful events with a more positive approach. This awareness is important for someone living with pain, since a nervous system that routinely copes with pain needs all the resilience possible. Check out this module from LivePlanBe+ to learn more.

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Nutrition by LivePlanBe+

Navigate this LivePlanBe+ module from Pain BC to explore the link between food and pain and learn simple strategies you can use to eat a balanced diet. Please note you will need an account on LivePlanBe+ to access this module.

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Nutrition by LivePlanBe+

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Nutrition
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When we're feeling unwell, food might be the last thing on our minds. It's important for us to follow trusted and credible nutrition advice provided by guidelines such as Canada's Food Guide. Check out this module from LivePlanBe+ to learn more about nutrition.

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Relationships by LivePlanBe+

Navigate this LivePlanBe+ module from Pain BC to learn how pain can impact our relationships, sex and intimacy, and how to communicate and manage stress in relationships. Please note you will need an account on LivePlanBe+ to access this module.

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Relationships by LivePlanBe+

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Living with pain doesn't mean we have to live without a satisfying and fulfilling sex life. We can have one. When we're willing to try new approaches, define new ways of finding enjoyment and communicate honestly about worries or new needs, we'll find it's not as hard as we thought to find a way back to pleasure, fun, and fulfillment. 

With this module from LivePlanBe+, learn how does chronic pain affect sex and intimacy, how to communicate while in pain, and what is assertive communication and why is it important.

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A Different Approach To Pain Management: Mindfulness Meditation

Watch this 18-minute video by Dr. Fadel Zeidan, Assistant Professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine to learn how mindfulness meditation works to reduce pain, including the specific parts of the brain involved.

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A Different Approach To Pain Management: Mindfulness Meditation

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Mindfulness
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Fadel Zeidan explains the psychological and neural processes that mediate the relationship between self-regulatory practices and health, and the specific brain mechanisms involved in mindfulness meditation-based pain relief.

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Mindfulness and Pain

Watch this 35-minute video by Dr. David Ho, a pain medicine fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine, to learn about mindfulness and pain, and how to cultivate mindfulness.

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Mindfulness and Pain

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Mindfulness

Kwo Wei David Ho, MD, PhD is a pain medicine fellow in the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. During the May 2020 Pain Science Lecture Series, he speaks on a "Mindfulness and Pain." Learn what is mindfulness, why mindfulness and how to cultivate mindfulness.

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Guided Meditation for Chronic Pain & Fibromyalgia

Watch this 13-minute video where Sheena, a yoga teacher who suffers from fibromyalgia, shares her daily meditation for pain relief.

Guided Meditation for Chronic Pain & Fibromyalgia

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Watch this 13-minute video where Sheena, a yoga teacher who suffers from fibromyalgia, shares her daily meditation for pain relief. 

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Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind

Find evidence-based tools helping you learn the skills to maintain your mental health in fun and interactive ways with this free mindfulness app. You will be able to practice your daily meditation and mindfulness exercises from any device.

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Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life. We suggest 10 minutes a day. What are you waiting for?

Smiling Mind is Australia’s leading digital-led, prevention focused mental health not-for-profit. Smiling Mind has been helping minds thrive for over 10 years and are the innovators behind Australia’s most trusted mental wellbeing app. Our evidence-based tools support people to learn the skills to maintain their mental health in fun and interactive ways.

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Healthy Minds Program

Get the Healthy Minds Program App, an easy-to-use guide to well-being. Practice meditation with 5 to 30-minute active or seated sessions, listen to podcast-style sessions from meditation experts, and see your progress over time as you train your mind.

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A Proven Path to Well-Being. Powered by Science. With a combination of podcast-style lessons and both seated and active meditations, you’ll learn what the science says about the brain while developing skills to tap into these learnings for a healthier, happier you.

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Pain Society of Alberta

The Pain Society of Alberta, a non-for-profit organization, provides a platform that celebrates innovation, promotes continuous learning, and empowers change in Alberta. Visit their website to learn more.

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Pain Society of Alberta

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The Pain Society of Alberta is a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals who share a common interest in and commitment to the study, treatment and management of pain. Our mission encompasses the provision of education, resources and support for healthcare providers in an effort to improve patient care delivery and outcomes for people struggling with persistent pain. Visit their website to learn more. 

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Alberta Health Services - Mental Health Help Line

Reach the Alberta Health Services Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 to chat with a healthcare provider about mental health concerns. Albertans can use this service 24/7.

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The Alberta Health Services Mental Health Help Line (1-877-303-2642) is a 24 hour, 7 day a week, 365 days a year, confidential service that provides support, information and referrals to Albertans experiencing mental health concerns.

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Alberta Health Services - Addiction and Mental Health Help Line

Reach the Addiction and Mental Health Help Line at 1-866-332-2322 to chat with a healthcare provider about addiction and mental health concerns. Albertans can use this service 24/7.

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Alberta Health Services - Addiction and Mental Health Help Line

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The Addiction and Mental Health Help Line (1-866-332-2322) is a 24 hour, 7 day a week confidential service that provides support, information and referrals to Albertans experiencing addiction and mental health concerns, including problem gambling.

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AlbertaQuits

Get prepared to stop smoking by visiting this site. Learn what to expect and how to prepare for road blocks. You can also speak with a Quit Counsellor at 1-866-710-QUIT (7848) for advice, how to deal with cravings and help you stay motivated.

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This site will help you get prepared to stop smoking. It’s all about finding the right information at the right time. You’ll learn what to expect and how to prepare for road blocks on your journey to successfully quitting. Or call 1-866-710-QUIT (7848)

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811 Health Link

Dial 811 within Alberta or visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca for health advice or information from a healthcare provider.

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If you need health advice or information call Health Link 24/7 by dialing 811 within Alberta or visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca.

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Alberta Health Services - Rehabilitation Advice Line

Call The Alberta Health Services Rehabilitation Advice Line at 1-833-379-0563 for rehabilitation advice and general health information.

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Alberta Health Services - Rehabilitation Advice Line

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The Rehabilitation Advice Line (1-833-379-0563) is a telephone service open Monday to Friday and provides rehabilitation advice and general health information for Albertans of any age.

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Better Choices, Better Health - Chronic Pain

Increase your confidence and learn new skills to better manage your chronic pain with this series of 6 free workshops (2.5 hours each). Visit this site to learn more and to register for online or in-person workshops.

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Living with a long-term (chronic) health condition can be hard. Better Choices, Better Health® - Chronic Pain is a 6-week self-management program for adults who live with or support someone with chronic pain like fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, persistent pain, migraines, arthritis and others. This series of workshops can help improve your confidence by learning new self-management skills and to enjoy a better quality of life. Visit this website for an introductory video and consult the online and in-person workshop schedules.

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Alberta Healthy Living Program

Search this directory for educational and interactive programs and services available to Albertan adults living with chronic health condition(s) and/or disease(s).

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The Alberta Healthy Living Program offers a number of programs and services to Albertan adults living with chronic health condition(s) and/or disease(s). All program participants must be physically present in Alberta during whichever service(s) they take part in; some services are only available in certain zones.

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PainBC

Visit the official website of PainBC to learn about pain self-management programs, pain support phone line, health coaching, education, and more!

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Pain BC aims to enhance the well-being of all people living with pain through empowerment, care, education and innovation. Visit their website to learn how, find help, and get involved!

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BounceBack®

This free skill-building program can help you manage low mood, anxiety, stress, or worry. Learn skills online or over the phone with a coach and get the tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.

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BounceBack® is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 13+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.

We are here to provide you with more information, answer questions that you may have, and help you determine if BounceBack® is a good fit for you or someone you care about. 1-866-639-0522

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local BC crisis lines

Visit this site or call 310-6789 (no area code) to connect with your local BC crisis line without a wait or busy signal, 24 hours a day. Crisis line workers are there to listen and support you as well as refer you to community resources.

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You may feel like this isn’t the time to reach out for help or use emergency resources, but it’s important to seek help no matter what else is going on. Emergency rooms, emergency responders, and other crisis workers are there for you no matter why you need help. Visit this site to find the help you need.

Mental Health Support Line: Call 310-6789 (no area code). This number will connect you to your local BC crisis line without a wait or busy signal, 24 hours a day. Crisis line workers are there to listen and support you as well as refer you to community resources.

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IMPACT Program

Reclaim your life with acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness! Complete this 8-module course to learn tools to help you cope with pain so that you can focus on what matters to you.

IMPACT Program

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The IMPACT (Internet-Based Multi-Disciplinary Pain Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) program was developed at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. Led by Dr. Brigitte Sabourin and Dr. Renée El-Gabalawy and funded by the Health Science Centre (HSC) Foundation, the program was developed by a multidisciplinary group of researchers and clinicians along with people with lived experience. By completing this course, you will:

· Explore what your personal values are and what REALLY matters to you.

· Learn tools that will let you be less controlled by chronic pain and the suffering that often comes with it.

· Commit to living a life that is based on your own person values.

· Learn about the role of sleep, communication and relationships, and medications in chronic pain management.

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Options Community Services

Options Community Services provide social services to help people help themselves. Get assistance with finding housing, crisis support, gaining independence, finding work, community inclusion/integration, family matters, or substance use health.

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Options Community Servies is a non-profit registered charity providing social services primarily in Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langley helping people help themselves. They collaborate with individuals, businesses, community groups and government to create focused, effective and responsive resources for the community.

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Living Life to the Full

If you’re looking for ways to improve your confidence, feel happier, and reduce stress, this 8-week community-based free online course can help. Find new ways to improve your mood, to cope with stress, and solve problems by signing up.

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Want to know how to feel happier, more confident and worry less right now? Would you like to learn new ways of dealing with life’s challenges?

Living Life to the Full is a fun, interactive course that will leave you with the inspiration and tools to get the most out of life!

This 8-week community-based course provides simple, practical skills for coping with stress, problem solving, boosting your mood, and busting bad thoughts. Living Life to the Full certified facilitators present a new topic at each weekly class, bringing the skills to life though booklets, worksheets, group activities and discussions.

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Fraser Mental Health and Substance Use Health Services Directory

Search this directory for mental health and substance use services or call the Fraser Health crisis line: at 604-951-8855 or 1-877-820-7444 (toll-free) for telephone support and crisis intervention counselling.

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Fraser Mental Health and Substance Use Health Services Directory

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Fraser Health is responsible for the delivery of hospital and community-based health services to over 1.9 million people in 20 diverse communities from Burnaby to Fraser Canyon on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish and Nlaka’pamux Nations, and is home to six Métis Chartered Communities.

Search this directory of services to find what you need or call the Fraser Health crisis line: 604-951-8855 or 1-877-820-7444 (toll-free)

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HealthLinkBC

Find reliable non-emergency health information and advice from healthcare providers by calling 811 at any time of the day.

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HealthLink BC provides reliable non-emergency health information and advice in British Columbia. Information and advice is available by telephone, our website, a mobile app and a collection of print resources.

Call 811 for 24/7 health advice.

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Shared Health - Mental Health and Addictions

Find mental health and addiction programs available to Manitobans. You can also call the Addictions Helpline at 1-855-662-6605; or the HealthLinks at 1-888-315-9257 for health advice.

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Shared Health - Mental Health and Addictions

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Shared Health - Mental Health and Addictions work in partnership with many community services and agencies as well as programs within the province to provide a client focused continuum of care to meet the unique needs of Manitobans and their families experiencing mental health, substance use and gambling related difficulties.

Visit this page to learn more about the programs available.

Addictions Helpline: 1-855-662-6605;

HealthLinks: 1-888-315-9257

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Klinic Community Health

Visit Klinic Community Health website to learn about a full range of health-related services offered to Manitobans, including medical care, counselling, education, and more. In crisis? Call Klinic Crisis Line (24/7): 1-888-322-3019

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Visit Klinic Community Health website to learn about a full range of health-related services offered to Manitobans from medical care to counselling and education. Driven by our vision of creating healthy and engaged communities, we promote health and quality of life for people of every age, background, ethnicity, gender identity, and socio-economic circumstance. Rooted in social justice values, we believe that everyone deserves quality care, support and respect.

In crisis? Call Klinic Crisis Line (24/7): 1-888-322-3019

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Bridge the gApp - New Brunswick

Bridge the gapp offers mental health and addictions resources in New Brunswick. Access phone and text counselling services, self-help resources such as articles and tools, links to local services and a wall of hope for quotes/stories.

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Bridge the gApp - New Brunswick

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Bridge the gApp is a new way to connect with guidance and supports for mental health and addictions in New-Brunswick. Visit Bridge the gApp to access self-help resources, links to local services, and to share your own personal stories. 

CHIMO Helpline is just a phone call away: 1-800-667-5005

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Horizon Health Network - Addiction and Mental Health Services

Access crisis phone lines, support, and interventions services in New Brunswick for substance misuse, gambling, and mental health issues. Services include individual and group counselling, and specialized treatment programs.

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Horizon Health Network - Addiction and Mental Health Services

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Visit the Horizon’s Addiction and Mental Health Services website to access a range of services and helplines for individuals, children, youth, adults of all ages and family members affected by substance misuse, harmful gambling and/or mental health issues. Services may include individual counselling, group counselling and specialized treatment programs such as detoxification, opioid replacement therapy, and short-term or long-term rehabilitation.

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Improving Health: My Way

Seeking workshops for those living with a chronic condition or caring for them? Join this free program designed to help you positively manage the daily challenges. This program consists of 2.5-hour sessions, once a week over six weeks.

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Improving Health: My Way

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Improving Health: My Way is a provincially sponsored, free program designed to help people positively manage the daily challenges of living with a chronic condition. Workshops are co-led by trained Leaders who themselves have a chronic condition or have cared for someone living with a chronic condition. Workshops consist of six sessions that are offered for 2.5 hours once a week, over a six week period. A support person of your choice (friend or family) may accompany you to the training sessions. Workshops are offered throughout the province, in each of the four regional health authorities.

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Empowered Management

This 8-module course provides you with tools to be an active participant in your pain management and what to expect if you are referred to an interdisciplinary pain clinic.

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Empowered Management

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Gain control over your life and participate in the things that are important to you. This course provides you with tools to be an active participant in your pain management. Key concepts and terms coverved include:

  • Setting Expectations: Module 1
  • Explaining Pain: Module 2
  • Biopsychosocial Approaches: Module 3
  • Strategies: Module 4
  • Self-Compassion: Module 5
  • Values: Module 6
  • Goals: Module 7
  • Communication: Module 8

* Power Over Pain Portal account is required.

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Mental Health and Addictions Services in Newfoundland and Labrado

Find programs for mental health and addictions in Newfoundland and Labrador on this page or call helpline 811 if you are experiencing a mental health and/or addictions crisis.

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Mental Health and Addictions Services in Newfoundland and Labrado

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The Mental Health and Addictions Division is responsible for providing leadership in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of provincial policies and programs related to mental health and addiction in Newfoundland and Labrador. Visit this page to learn more about the programs available. Experiencing a mental health and addictions crisis? Call the Helpline at 811

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Bridge the gapp for Adults in Newfoundland and Labrador

Bridge the gapp offers mental health and addictions resources in Newfoundland and Labrador. Access phone and text counselling services, self-help resources such as articles and tools, links to local services and a wall of hope for quotes/stories.

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Bridge the gapp for Adults in Newfoundland and Labrador

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Bridge the gapp is a new way to connect with guidance and supports for mental health and addictions in Newfoundland and Labrador. Bridge the gapp offers self-help resources, links to local services, and allows the user to share their own personal stories. Bridge the gapp also connects you to an eight-week online self-management program called the BreathingRoom.

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Mental Health and Addictions Services in Nova Scotia

Find services for mental health and addictions in Nova Scotia on this page or call the Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line: 1-888-429-8167 if you are experiencing a mental health and/or addictions crisis.

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Mental Health and Addictions Services in Nova Scotia

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There are thousands of mental health and addictions professionals who provide support, programs, and services to Nova Scotians across the province. You’re not alone. We’re here to help.

Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line: 1-888-429-8167

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Good2Talk - Nova-Scotia

Good2Talk provides free, 24/7 confidential support services for post-secondary students in Nova Scotia. Talk to a professional counsellor by calling 1-833-292-3698 or with a volunteer crisis responder by texting GOOD2TALKNS to 686868.

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Good2Talk - Nova-Scotia

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Free, confidential 24/7 support for post-secondary students in Nova Scotia:

  • Talk to a professional counsellor 24/7 by calling 1-833-292-3698  
  • Contact a volunteer crisis responder 24/7 by texting GOOD2TALKNS to 686868
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Mental Health and Addictions Programs in Northwest Territories

Visit the Department of Health and Social Services website for mental health and addictions programs available to the people of the Northwest Territories. You can also call the 811 Help Line to speak with a healthcare provider.

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Mental Health and Addictions Programs in Northwest Territories

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Visit the Department of Health and Social Services website for all mental health and addictions programs available to the people of the Northwest Territories. For example, their services inlude:

  • NWT Help Line: 1-800-661-0844.
  • Community Counselling Program (CCP)
  • Information on health effects of cannabis
  • Information on mental wellness and addictions recovery services
  • Opioid overdose prevention
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Quebec Mental Health Services

Visit this page to find mental health assistance programs, resources and support services in Québec. Call 811 to quickly reach a professional in psychosocial intervention.

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Quebec Mental Health Services

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Visit this website to learn about the mental health assistance programs, resources and support services in Québec.

  • Helpline: 811
  • Suicide prevention and helpline: 1-866-APPELLE (277-3553) 
  • Learn about wellness and mental health 
  • Find help and support
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AMI-Québec

AMI-Québec is a community organization helping families manage the effects of mental illness through support, education, guidance, and advocacy. Access information on mental illness and treatments, workshops, support groups and more.

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AMI-Québec is a community organization that is committed to helping those around them to live with the consequences of mental illness by offering support, training, information and social action services. Their awareness initiatives help dispel the shame too often associated with mental illness.

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Bridge the gapp for Adults in Prince Edward Island

Bridge the gapp offers mental health and addictions resources in Prince Edward Island. Access phone and text counselling services, self-help resources such as articles and tools, links to local services and a wall of hope for quotes/stories.

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Bridge the gapp for Adults in Prince Edward Island

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Bridge the gapp is a new way to connect with guidance and supports for mental health and addictions in Prince Edward Island. Bridge the gapp offers self-help resources, links to local services, and allows the user to share their own personal stories.

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Mental Health and Addictions Services in Prince Edward Island

Access mental health and addictions programs, services and supports in Prince Edward Island by visiting this page. Or call the Mental Health and Addictions Phone Line (1-833-533-6983) to speak with a mental health professional now.

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Mental Health and Addictions Services in Prince Edward Island

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Prince Edward Island offers a network of mental health and addictions programs, services and supports as part of the health care system, other government departments and by community organizations to help Islanders and their families. Visit this website to learn more. 

Mental Health and Addictions Phone Line: 1-833-533-6983

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Online Self-management Program

Access Ontario’s Online Self-Management Program and make use of health coaching, interactive webinars and self-management programs for Ontarians with chronic conditions.

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Funded by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, the Online Self-Management Program is made available Province-wide to help improve patient self-management of chronic conditions, improve health literacy and provide the opportunity for individuals living with chronic conditions to take control of their health and live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Services includes:

  • Health coaching; 
  • Living healthy webinars;
  • Support for caregivers; 
  • Help with your Health Online program
  • Progress over pain program;
  • and other regional programs
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ConnexOntario

Are you experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness, or gambling? Get free and confidential health services information from a system navigation specialist in Ontario. Call 1-866-531-2600, text "CONNEX" to 247247, chat online or by email.

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ConnexOntario, funded by the governement of Ontario, provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness or gambling by connecting them with services in their area.  

  • Call 1-866-531-2600, 
  • Text "CONNEX" to 247247 
  • Chat online at www.connexontario.ca or 
  • send an email at https://www.connexontario.ca/en-ca/send-email
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Inuusittiaringniq Living well together

Visit this website from the Nunavut's Department of Health to access different resources on healthy living, nutrition and mental wellness.

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The Department of Health is responsible for health services and social programming in Nunavut. Their website gives you access to different resources on:

  • Healthy living; 
  • Healthy Eating; 
  • Mental wellness; 
  • Community wellness programs
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Yukon Mental Wellness

Visit this page to find the resources and support available in Yukon for those struggling with mental wellness and substance use issues. Or call 1-866-456-3838 to speak to someone right away.

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Yukon Mental Wellness

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Visit this page to learn/access resources and support available in Yukon on mental welness. Find counseling, support groups, alcohol and drug addiction programs, and more.

Or call 1-866-456-3838

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Mental Health Support Services in Saskatchewan

Visit this page on Saskatchewan.ca to learn and access mental health services available to Saskatchewan residents, including community resources, health advice via 811 Healthline, and free brief counselling sessions.

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Mental Health Support Services in Saskatchewan

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Visit this page on Saskatchewan.ca to learn and access mental health services available to Saskatchewan residents, including:

  • HealthLine: 811
  • Mental Health Community Resources
  • Mental Health and Addictions Services Directory to find services near you
  • Counselling Connect Saskatchewan for free access to rapid access counselling sessions
  • Farm Stress Line
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How to Sleep Well with Pain

Watch this 60-minute workshop with Dr. Josh Rash at Memorial University who explores the complex relationship between sleep and pain. Learn practical insights on how to improve the management of pain by optimizing sleep!

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People who live with pain commonly report experiencing issues with sleep and, conversely, poor sleep can make it more difficult to manage pain. This workshop will explore the complex relationship between sleep and pain, with a focus on practical considerations and strategies for the management of sleep disturbance among people who live with pain. The goal is to provide insights on how to improve the management of pain by optimizing sleep.

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Health Quality Ontario - Chronic Pain

Visit this page to learn about the quality standard of care for people living with chronic pain in Ontario, including a patient guide and quality standard statements providing you with insight into what to ask for in your care.

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Health Quality Ontario - Chronic Pain

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Quality standards are sets of concise statements designed to help patients, residents, families, and caregivers know what to ask for in their care and help health care professionals easily and quickly know what care to provide, based on the best evidence. This quality standard addresses care for people with chronic pain lasting longer than 3 months, and where any signs of serious underlying pathology (i.e., “red flags,” such as cancer, infection, or fracture) or other treatable conditions requiring medical or surgical management have been ruled out. It addresses care for adults, adolescents, and children, but excludes infants. It applies to care for chronic pain delivered in outpatient settings, including primary care, community pain clinics, and interprofessional pain programs. Visit this resource to learn about the 12 quality statements and more.

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Good2Talk - Ontario

Good2Talk provides free, 24/7 confidential support services for post-secondary students in Ontario. Talk to a professional counsellor by calling 1-866-925-5454 or with a volunteer crisis responder by texting GOOD2TALKON to 686868.

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Good2Talk - Ontario

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Good2Talk is a free, confidential support service for post-secondary students in Ontario. Good2Talk can support students through a wide range of issues that may be impacting their mental health and well-being, including depression, anxiety, substance use, academic stress, personal or family relationships, loneliness, identity, financial concerns and other challenges. 

Call 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868

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Online Therapy Unit

Explore the Online Therapy Unit for free Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, covering mental health concerns. Saskatchewan residents can access these courses, reviewing materials online, with optional therapist support via secure email or phone.

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The Online Therapy Unit provides effective online clinical treatment programs to Saskatchewan residents experiencing mental health difficulties. Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy involves reviewing educational material online with the support of a therapist or a guide. Courses include:

  • The Wellbeing Courses
  • The Alcohol Change Course
  • The Chronic Health Conditions Course
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Alcohol and Drug Support Services in Saskatchewan

Visit this page on Saskatchewan.ca to learn and access addiction support services available to Saskatchewan residents, including alcohol and drug information, addiction resources and different treatments available, such as harm reduction programs.

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Visit this page on Saskatchewan.ca to learn and access addiction support services available to Saskatchewan residents, including:

  • Alcohol, Drug and Addictions Resources
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Harm Reduction Programs and Services
  • Information on Opioids
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The Pain Course

The Pain Course is an online pain management program in 5 modules that provides you information and teaches you practical skills for managing the impact of chronic pain on day-to-day activities and emotional wellbeing.

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The Pain Course, developed by eCentreClinic, Macquarie University is a free, online and internet-delivered pain management program, which is designed to provide good information and teach practical skills for managing the impact of chronic pain on day-to-day activities and emotional wellbeing.

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Learn about ongoing pain after surgery

Complete this 7-module course, created by Transitional Pain Service at the Toronto General Hospital, to learn about pain after surgery, how it can become chronic and how to manage it.

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Learn about ongoing pain after surgery

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Research studies show that learning more about how pain works helps people cope better and manage their own pain. The Transitional Pain Service at the Toronto General Hospital has developed this learning self-directed course to better prepare patients for transitional pain care or pain after surgery. Access this 7-module course to learn about pain after surgery, how it can become chronic and how to manage it.   

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The Role of Psychology in the Treatment of Pain

Complete this 7-module course, created by the Transitional Pain Service at the Toronto General Hospital, to learn about the relationship between the body and mind, and psychological techniques/strategies that can help you manage pain after surgery.

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The Role of Psychology in the Treatment of Pain

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The effective treatment of ongoing pain involves a combination of approaches that focus on the body and mind. The Transitional Pain Service at the Toronto General Hospital has developed this learning self-directed course to better prepare patients for transitional pain care or pain after surgery. Access this 7-module course to learn how psychological techniques and strategies can help in managing pain. It also includes information and resources to help you prepare for a meeting with a pain psychologist at a transitional pain clinic near you. 

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Prehabilitation: Better before. Better after.

Watch this series of 14 videos (1-2 minutes each), created by the Doctors of BC and BC Government, to learn about prehabilitation and all its components in preparation for surgery.

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Prehabilitation: Better before. Better after.

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These videos were created for the BC Patient Prehabilitation Program, as part of the Surgical Patient Optimization Collaborative (SPOC), an initiative of the Doctors of BC and BC Government through the Joint Collaborative Committees. BC Surgical Patient Prehabilitation is designed to assist patients to prepare for an elective procedure, so they experience improved outcomes from their surgery. It focuses on both the mental and physical aspects of surgery, therefore decreasing pre-surgical risk factors so that patients can obtain high quality outcomes from their surgery. With these 14 short videos, you will learn about prehabilitation and all its components.

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National Overdose Response Service

Your 24/7*365 virtual safer consumption hotline. Canada Wide. Call or text 1-888-688-NORS (6677) to receive loving, confidential, nonjudgmental support whenever and wherever you use drugs.

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NORS is an overdose prevention hotline for Canadians providing loving, confidential, nonjudgmental support for you, whenever and wherever you use drugs. 

NORS is a collaborative initiative between people who use drugs, Grenfell Ministries, the Brave Technology Co-op, and Dr. Monty Ghosh.

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Your Guide to Total Knee Replacement Surgery

This guide has all the information you need for your Total Knee Replacement Surgery at the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services.

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Your Guide to Total Knee Replacement Surgery

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In this guide, prepared by the Total Joint Assessment Clinic, you will find information on: 

  • Who is your care team  
  • How to prepare for your surgery  
  • What is the surgery and what to expect  
  • What to do to help with your recovery
  • Useful resources 
  • And more... 
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Your Guide to Total Hip Replacement Surgery

This guide has all the information you need for your Total Hip Replacement Surgery at the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services.

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Your Guide to Total Hip Replacement Surgery

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In this guide, prepared by the Total Joint Assessment Clinic, you will find information on: 

  • Who is your care team  
  • How to prepare for your surgery  
  • What is the surgery and what to expect  
  • What to do to help with your recovery
  • Useful resources 
  • And more...
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Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program

Do you live in Ontario and have depression and/or anxiety-related concerns? You can access this program to get free cognitive-behavioural therapy and related services.

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Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program

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Depression and anxiety-related concerns are the most common mental health issues faced by people in Ontario. Adults with these concerns can get free cognitive-behavioural therapy and related services through the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program.

The program offers two types of services to meet your needs:

  • Self-led resources guided by a coach or therapist:
    • BounceBack helps build coping skills through workbooks, videos and telephone calls with a trained coach. 
    • Clinician-Assisted Bibliotherapy focuses on readings, exercises and brief one-on-one therapy sessions to support the main takeaways.
    • Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy is delivered online, guided by a therapist. It includes modules, readings and exercises that help in learning coping and resiliency skills.
  • Therapist-led cognitive-behavioural therapy:
    • one-on-one or group sessions
    • in-person or online

Visit this website to learn more and see if this program is suitable for you.

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Learn Ten Tips for Improving Sleep Efficiency and Sleep Quality

In this video Doctor Furlan explains how to calculate sleep efficiency and improve sleep quality.

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Learn Ten Tips for Improving Sleep Efficiency and Sleep Quality

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In this video Doctor Furlan explains how to calculate sleep efficiency and improve sleep quality. 

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Get Help Here: Mental Health Support

Visit canada.ca/mental-health to find information on various free, virtually delivered mental health and substance use supports.

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Get Help Here: Mental Health Support

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Following the closure of Wellness Together Canada on April 3rd, information on free, virtually delivered mental health and substance use supports across the country are available through canada.ca/mental-health. Visit this website to find information on:

  • Services offered by national mental health organizations
  • Provincial and territorial resources
  • Resources for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples
  • Resources for youth and young adults
  • Resources for mental health and substance use
  • ore ways to get help
  • Related links
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CAMH Mental Health 101

It all starts with knowledge. The Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) provides a series of free online tutorials as a starting point for learning about mental health.​

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CAMH Mental Health 101

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It all starts with knowledge. The Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) provides a series of free online tutorials as a starting point for learning about mental health.​ You can find tutorials on several topics related to mental health, addiction, and depression. Note that some of these tutorials will require the creation of a free account on CAMH course site.

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Canadian Mental Health Association: Mental health for all

Visit the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) website to find mental health resources and support, and connect with your local CMHA branch.

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Canadian Mental Health Association: Mental health for all

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The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a nationwide organization that promotes mental health and supports people recovering from mental illness. It is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada.  There mission is to ensure that all people in Canada experience good mental health and well-being. Visit the CMHA website to find information on: 

  • Mental health resources and programs 
  • How to find support for you or others
  • Find a local CMHA branch near you
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Bridge the Gapp

Bridge the gapp is an online resource designed to support mental wellness. Follow this link for specific programs available to adults across Canada

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Bridge the gApp is a new way to connect with guidance and supports for mental health and addictions. Bridge the gApp offers self-help resources, links to local services, and allows the user to share their own personal stories. 

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Well Central

Well Central, the Virtual Recovery College for those seeking better mental health, well-being and support in recovery. Visit this website to get free support, resources and guided courses on mental health and wellness.

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A program of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Well Central is an accessible and completely free virtual Recovery College offering interactive courses that empower individuals to take control of their mental health and well-being. Well Central offers a tailored online journey providing support, resources and guided courses, valuing each visitor’s unique experience. Courses include: 

  • Well-being course
  • Recovery 101, 
  • Overcoming Loneliness and Isolation
  • Developing Self Compassion
  • Postpartum Emotional and Mental Health
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Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

In this video, Dr. Evans explains how to prepare for hip and knee replacement surgery

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Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

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Watch this "Visual Whiteboard Lecture" on how to prepare for hip & knee replacement from Dr. Mike Evans. 

Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital.

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SaskPain

Visit the SaskPain website to find information about Saskatchewan health services and educational opportunities on pain management for people living with pain, families, and healthcare providers.

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The Saskatchewan Pain Society Inc. (SaskPain) is the hub for information about pain for people living in Saskatchewan. Saskpain links people living with pain, families, and healthcare providers with information about Saskatchewan health services, educational opportunities and research. Visit their website to: 

  • Learn more about chronic pain or get help with pain management, 
  • Find support for healthcare providers, including education and mentorship, 
  • Discover research on pain in Saskatchewan
  • Get involved to support SaskPain activities. 
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Chronic Pain Self-management Course

Enroll in this free 7-session pain self-management course offered in-person or online to all Manitobans.

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Chronic Pain Self-management Course

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All Manitobans living with chronic pain can participate in this course, offered in-person or online. Participate in this course to:

  • improve your understanding of the causes of chronic pain.
  • improve your understanding of how thoughts, feelings and behaviours are connected to the pain experience.
  • enhance your knowledge of various pain management strategies and to build your confidence in your ability to manage your pain.
  • learn new skills to improve your sense of control over your pain and to minimize the impact of pain on your life.
  • connect with and learn from others who live with chronic pain.

This series offers 7 different educational sessions:

  • Pain education (*you must attend this session in order to access all others)
  • Activity pacing and planning
  • Cognitive strategies and mindful awareness
  • Values and goal setting
  • Physical activity and lifestyle
  • Communication and relationships
  • Medication management

Follow the link for more information or to register.

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Get Better Together

Take control of your chronic physical or mental health condition(s) and build your confidence to manage better. Manitobans can participate in this series of in-person or virtual workshops and get evidence-based support once a week for six weeks.

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Get Better Together

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Start living better with health issues through a free Get Better Together (GBT) Program offered in-person or online for all Manitobans. Topics covered included:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation.
  • Exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Ways to manage negative thinking
  • Nutrition
  • Decision making

Follow the link for more information or to register. Support persons are also welcome to register.

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers

If you are a caregiver in Manitoba, you can access this free 6-session program to learn techniques to manage your own health while you continue to care for a friend or relative. Sessions are 90 minutes offered in-person or online.

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers provides caregivers techniques to manage your own health while you continue to care for a friend or relative. This free program includes 6 sessions (once per week) of 90 minutes. In-person and virtual programming available. Evidence indicates caregivers who participate in the program see improvements in:

  • Self-Care: increased exercise, use of relaxation techniques and medical checkups
  • Management of Emotions: reduced guilt, anger and depression
  • Self-efficacy: increased confidence in coping with caregiver demands
  • Use of Community Resources: increased awareness and utilization of community resources

Follow the link for more information or to register.

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BounceBack

Access this free skill-building program from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) designed to help you manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry.

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BounceBack® is a free skill-building program from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Working with workbooks and a trained coach to guide you and encourage you to reflect, BounceBack® can help you build skills to improve your mental health. Follow this link and select your province or territory to find the right program for you. 

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