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How Do Pain Relievers Work?

Some people take aspirin or ibuprofen to treat everyday aches and pains, but how exactly do the different classes of pain relievers work?

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How Do Pain Relievers Work?

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 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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Mindfulness and Pain

Watch this video 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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Pacing Physical Activity by Pain U Online

Activity pacing is an important tool in chronic pain self-management. It is easy to find ourselves in an “all or nothing” cycle when living with chronic pain.

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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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The Role of Psychology in the Treatment of Pain

A self-directed course to better prepare you for pain after surgery. Learn how psychological techniques and strategies can help you manage your pain after surgery.

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The Role of Psychology in the Treatment of Pain

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Pain and Surgery
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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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Using Opioids to Treat Chronic Pain

Learn more about opioids. How to start a trial, manage your opioids, or decrease your usage.

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Using Opioids to Treat Chronic Pain

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Substance Use
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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.

Using Opioids to Treat Chronic Pain
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Pain talk podcast
Pain Talk

A 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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Guided Meditation for Chronic Pain & Fibromyalgia

In this video, 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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Mindfulness

In this video, 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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Simple Stretches

Please complete the Physical Activity and Pacing Physical Activity modules first from Pain U Online. These modules will help you understand how, why, and when physical activity is good for persistent pain.

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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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Prehabilitation: Better before. Better after.

Watch this series of videos 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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Pain and Surgery
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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.

Prehabilitation: Better before. Better after.
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Conversations of Substance

Podcast series about Substance Use Health by CAPSA

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Conversations of Substance

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Substance Use
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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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Pain Waves

Pain Waves, a podcast, by Pain BC

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Pain Waves

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Pain
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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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Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind

Practice your daily meditation and mindfulness exercises from any device with this free mindfulness app.

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Smiling Mind

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Mindfulness
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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Movement With Pain

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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National Overdose Response Service

Your 24/7*365 virtual safer consumption hotline. Canada Wide.

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National Overdose Response Service

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Substance Use
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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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Sleep On It

Website with everything you need to better understand sleep and its importance for your health.

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Sleep On It

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Sleep
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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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The Most Painful Podcast

This podcast covers all aspects of chronic pain by presenting evidence-based information that provides better insight into chronic pain for Veterans, and those who support Veterans.

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The Most Painful Podcast

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Pain
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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.

The Most Painful Podcast
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Healthy Minds Program

The Healthy Minds Program App is your easy-to-use guide to well-being.

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Healthy Minds Program

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Mindfulness
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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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Fifteen Reasons to Walk Outdoors

Fifteen Reasons to Walk Outdoors

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Fifteen Reasons to Walk Outdoors

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Movement
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Do you need a reason to walk? In this 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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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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Sleep
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In this video Doctor Furlan explains how to calculate sleep efficiency and improve sleep quality. 

Learn Ten Tips for Improving Sleep Efficiency and Sleep Quality
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TAPMI
Pain U Online

Modules to help you manage your pain. Research shows that online pain management programs lower levels of disability and pain.

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Pain U Online

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Pain
Pain management modules

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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Benefits Finder

Use this tool to find federal and provincial benefits and services that you may be eligible to receive.

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Benefits Finder

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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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Pain BC Sleep
Sleep by LivePlanBe+

This Sleep module explains why sleep is so important for managing pain and offers simple tips. Please note you will need to create 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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IMPACT Program

IMPACT Program - This course will give you the tools to respond to the present moment and your pain in a more helpful way, so that you can focus on what matters to you.

IMPACT Program

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Pain

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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Gentle Movement @ Home

Guided movement and relaxation videos for pain

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Gentle Movement @ Home

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Movement
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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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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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Mood
Substance Use
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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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What is chronic pain
What is chronic pain and how does it work?

Identify warning signs and avoid flare ups

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What is chronic pain and how does it work?

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Pain
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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Healthy Eating by Pain U Online

Healthy diet- a tool for self-management

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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 TAPMI to learn more about healthy eating.

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My SleepWell

Sleepwell has two main goals: 1) to help people with insomnia get their sleep back without medications; and 2) to help people stop taking sleeping pills safely and effectively.

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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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Empowered Management

Empowered Management

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Empowered Management

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Pain
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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. 

* Power Over Pain Portal account is required.

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Living Engaged and Actively with Pain

Videos providing gentle movement and relaxation techniques.

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Living Engaged and Actively with Pain

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Movement
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We are a team of Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists in the Brain and Spinal Cord Rehab Program at Toronto Rehab, University Health Network. We are passionate professionals who want to share some of our 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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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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Substance Use
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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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The Neuroscience of Pain

Watch this video to understand how the neuroscience of pain might make us stronger.

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The Neuroscience of Pain

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Dr. Marwa Azab helps us understand the nature of pain, and how pain might make us stronger. 

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Stress Management by Pain U Online

Learn about stress management and how it can help you manage 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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Sleep by Pain U Online

Sleep module from Pain U Online

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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.

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How to sleep well with pain
How to Sleep Well with Pain

How to Sleep Well with Pain

How to Sleep Well with Pain

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Sleep
How to sleep well with pain

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 stategies 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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The Amazing Benefits of Dance for Arthritis, Pain and Seniors

Dance along to 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

The Amazing Benefits of Dance for Arthritis, Pain and Seniors
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Canadian Mental Health Association: Mental health for all

CMHA is a nationwide organization that promotes mental health and supports people recovering from mental illness.

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Canadian Mental Health Association: Mental health for all

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The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) 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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Tame the beast - time to rethink persistent chronic pain
Tame The Beast

It's time to rethink persistent pain. Watch the video to learn about new approaches to reducing your pain.

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Tame The Beast

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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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Stress by LivePlanBe+

This module explores the link between stress and pain and provides tips on how we can manage pain by reducing stress. Please note you will need to create an account on LivePlanBe+ to access this module.

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Stress by LivePlanBe+

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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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Breaking Free
Breaking Free: Wellness

Visit this website for evidence-based strategies, based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness, that have been proven to be effective in substance use.

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Breaking Free: Wellness

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Substance Use
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These strategies will help you gain a better understanding of:

  • How your drinking or drug use could potentially get out of control
  • How you could be affected by cravings for alcohol or drugs

They will also give you positive coping skills that will teach you:

  • How to manage any cravings you may be experiencing
  • How to stay calm when life makes you anxious or upset

For each strategy, there is a video for you to watch and listen to, and an action plan you can download and print out.

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Control your emotions and stay calm when life becomes stressful

Control your emotions and stay calm when life becomes stressful

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Control your emotions and stay calm when life becomes stressful

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Provided by Breaking Free: Wellness, this resource provides:

  • A seven step action plan to calm down
  • Tips to ground yourself in your surroundings
  • Help shifting focus away from negative feelings

This resource can help you:

  • Relax in stressful situations
  • Develop an action plan for any setting
  • Be mindful about your surroundings
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Pain+
Pain+

PAIN+ CPN - providing access to the latest high-quality research on pain.

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Pain plus pain literature services

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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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

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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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The mysterious science of pain
The Mysterious Science of Pain

Explore the biological and psychological factors that influence how we experience pain and how our nervous system reactions to harmful stimuli.

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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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Nutrition by LivePlanBe+

This module explores the link between food and pain and shares simple strategies we can use to eat a balanced diet. Please note you will need to create an account on LivePlanBe+ to access this module.

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Nutrition by LivePlanBe+

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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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All People, All Pathways - Peer Support - CAPSA

All People, All Pathways™ are facilitated peer group meetings for individuals questioning their relationship with substances. This initiative is provided by the Community Addicitions 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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Understand the true nature of your cravings for alcohol or drugs

Understand the true nature of your cravings for alcohol or drugs -

Understand the true nature of your cravings for alcohol or drugs

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Substance Use
Breaking Free

This short video explains how cravings change over time, including:

What to expect from your cravings

How cravings change over time

This tool can help you:

Manage cravings

Remember that cravings aren't forever

Understand the true nature of your cravings for alcohol or drugs
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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.

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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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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Well Central

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

We know how pain can affect your life. LivePlanBe+ is a program that helps us 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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Relationships by LivePlanBe+

This module covers how pain can impact our relationships (with family, friends, and health care providers) and provides tips for managing stress in relationships. Please note you will need to create 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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People In Pain Network

Online Pain Self-Management Support Groups offering a balance betwee education and support

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People In Pain Network

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We 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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The Pain Course

The Pain Course is developed by eCentreClinic, Macquarie University.

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The Pain Course

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The Pain Course 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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Hope For Wellness Helpline

Immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Hope For Wellness Helpline

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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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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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Pain and Surgery

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

Watch this video to understand what happens to the body as 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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A Different Approach To Pain Management: Mindfulness Meditation

Watch this video to learn about the psychological and neural processes that mediate the relationship between self-regulatory practices and health.

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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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Physical Activity

The Importance of Physical Exercise - Pain U Online

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Physical Activity

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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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Learn about ongoing pain after surgery

A self-directed course to better prepare you for pain after surgery and what you can do to help manage the pain.

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Learn about ongoing pain after surgery

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Pain and 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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Using Cannabis to Treat Chronic Pain

The primary goal of this course is to provide you with an understanding of how cannabis works in your body as well as the benefits and risks associated with using.

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Using Cannabis to Treat Chronic Pain

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Substance Use

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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