Health & Wellness
Health and wellness consists of physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs. This category is multifaceted as it is related to and determined by a variety of issues, including employment, education, race, gender, housing, and so on.
2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations provides prevention education and support for 2-Spirit, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit people living with or at risk for HIV and related co-infections in the Greater Toronto Area. Their work is based on indigenous philosophies of holistic health and wellness.
Established in 1999, ASCNWT was created in response to the need for more accessible and equitable sport and recreation opportunities for Aboriginal peoples across the NWT. The purpose is to work with Aboriginal people and other sport and recreation organizations in the NWT to foster community involvement, encourage & support participation from initiation to high performance while at the same time integrating Aboriginal culture and traditional values.
Action Canada provides a variety of resources aiding in sexual and reproductive health. Support, referrals, and information is provided to those seeking abortions and stigma-free healthcare. Action Canada describes itself as the "the Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada, Canadians for Choice, the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health, and Action Canada for Population and Development."
Advance is a community-led partnership to increase access and the use of priority health services among gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men (cis and trans), and Two-Spirit people (GBT2Q) in Canada.
All-Options Talking is a judgement free, toll-free talkline. Callers who are pregnant and unsure how to feel or what to do next, or wanting to talk about a past or current experience with abortion, adoption, parenting, infertility or pregnancy loss can call for emotional support.
This article reviews contemporary barriers to accessing healthcare faced by Indigenous people of Canada and approaches taken to mitigate these concerns.
Their mission is to eliminate barriers and create opportunities for people to have equal access to health & wellness and to live in our community with dignity.
The CHEW Project’s vision is to provide frontline support, opportunities for health and wellness, and to help find hope for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and emerging adults facing barriers. This site includes a number of resources.
Choice Connect is a service that anonymously and confidentially connects you with abortion clinics based on your specific needs. A questionnaire will ask your location, identify the current length of your pregancy and ask for your preferred method of abortion. Afterwards a list of abortion clinics near you is provided with their phone numbers and websites to allow for greater ease in making appointments.
This is a comprehensive list of local agencies that help immigrant and refugee families adapt to life in Canada. This list will help immigrant families, allies, and health professionals become familiar with services in their province/territory or region.
Distress Centre Calgary (DCC) provides 24 hour crisis support, professional counselling, youth peer support and referrals through 211 and our programs at SORCe – all at no cost. For over 50 years, Distress Centre has served Calgary and Southern Alberta, ensuring everyone has a place to turn in times of crisis.
In some provinces and territories there is a financial barrier to abortion care due to a lack of health insurance coverage and/or travel expenses. The Dr. Henry Morgentaler Patient Assistance Fund provides those suffering from this financial barrier with additional funding to ensure they receive proper care.
DWDC is a national human-rights charity committed to improving quality of dying, protecting end-of-life rights, and helping people across Canada avoid unwanted suffering.
FoodShare Toronto is a project that aims to create a Toronto where all people can feed themselves and their families with dignity and joy. They focus on educating people on how to grow their own food and be self-sustainable. They advocate for food initiative and education.
Cultural healing resources and mental health counselling specifically for Indigenous Peoples in Winnipeg and Manitoba are included here.
A mass list of health-related (mental, physical, cultural, and spiritual) resources specifically for Indigenous Peoples in Toronto and the GTA are included here.
The mission of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association is to improve the health of Indigenous Peoples, by supporting Indigenous Nurses and by promoting the development and practice of Indigenous Health Nursing.
The impact of weight bias and stigma on quality of care and outcomes for patients with obesity is discussed.
Kílala Lelum (Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative) aims to partner Indigenous Elders with physicians and allied health professionals to provide physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual care to the community in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
The NCCDH provides this educational resource on the topic of health equity, a topic rising in popularity in relation to public health and human rights. The document defines health inequities, its features, and examples within Canada.
Award-winning, youth-led, international not-for-profit organization advancing gender health equity through storytelling, patient advocacy, medical education, and undoing stigma.
The MHCC offers many tools and guidelines on a wide range of mental health topics, including on peer support, caregiving, and recovery.
Community mental health and addictions care encompasses a wide variety of programs and services designed to meet needs of Ontario residents.
The Mino Collective an independent, grassroots group of young Indigenous people working together to solve health inequities that disproportionately affect our community. Using technology and media, our goal is to make traditional knowledge and health resources accessible to people living in Toronto. Mino Collective is developing the Mino Map, a Mobile app that supports people to live a good life. This new tool will map out community services, health resources and life promotion tools. Our initiative aims to substantially eliminate the challenges that Indigenous youth face in navigating and accessing social, cultural, and health-related resources in Toronto.
They provide outreach to Indigenous seniors and those with disabilities in the GTA; cultural/recreational services; food services; counselling.
The NWT Recreation & Parks Association works with communities across the NWT to promote recreation by supporting leaders, communities, and partners through training, advocacy and networking.
OBIA is a provincial, registered, charitable organization. Their mission is to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI) through education, awareness and support.
CMHA Recovery College uses an educational-based approach focussing on helping people recognize and develop their own resourcefulness and awareness in order to support themselves or their loved one’s recovery journey.
This is a webinar about strategies to improve access to healthcare to immigrants and refugees.
This is a comprehensive list of contacts to resolve concerns in the Alberta health system. Areas of concerns include abuse, mental health, continuing care, and more.
The Ribbon Rouge Foundation serves African, Caribbean and Black people in Alberta, by facilitating systems change, in structural and social factors that lead to poorer health outcomes, including HIV related health outcomes in African, Caribbean, Black communities.
This is meant to be an interactive flow chart for people who struggle with self care, executive dysfunction, and/or who have trouble reading internal signals. It's designed to take as much of the weight off of you as possible, so each decision is very easy and doesn't require much judgment.
Semo's mantra is Food, Clothes & Shelter. They are in the pure pursuit of raising awareness and funds to support local charity groups and unsung community heroes.
Sidelines is for women all over the world to reach out to others to help in the critical time of dealing with a high risk pregnancy. Through the internet, they were able to serve more patients and match volunteers more efficiently. Email support is almost used more than phone support, and they are the very first non-profit with this intent to provide support via email worldwide.
Sizeism and stereotypes of fat people can have a negative impact on their physical health and well-being. Disrespectful treatment and medical fat shaming (in an attempt to motivate people to change their behaviour) is stressful and can cause patients to delay health care seeking or avoid interacting with providers.
TAIBU Community Health Centre delivers community health and social services to Black communities in Toronto and area in an effort to address and overcome systemic racism in the health care system.
Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support for their community that’s been divested from police since day one. It is run by and for trans people.
This article analyzes the discrimination and unmet needs of Indigenous Peoples in Toronto.
This site discusses harm reduction healthcare strategies for drug/substance use. These strategies aim to remove moral judgement around –or destigmatize- substance use.
Working collaboratively with industry, government, research, health practitioners and families, the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health’s objectives are: To be Canada’s strong youth voice in issues relating to child and youth health, To lead youth in creating independent initiatives and policy proposals in the areas of Injury Prevention, Mental Health, Growing Healthy Bodies, and the Environment, To create opportunities to support and educate Canadian youth with the goal of improved quality of health in youth across the country, To develop new relationships with people and organizations involved in youth health issues, To generate national awareness of youth health initiatives, Collaborate with partners to advance equity and inclusion in child and youth-related research and programs.
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