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This Week at the Ontario ACT and FACT Virtual Conference April 21, 2021

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April 21 2021 12-1pm BUILDING INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS TO MEET THE DISTINCTIVE NEEDS OF THE DUAL DIAGNOSIS POPULATION Nick Downs ; Manager Patient Care Services, Community Mental Health Program; Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, (Ontario) Kaitlyn Hoey ; Behavioural Therapist FACTTDD; Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, (Ontario) Brandon Pasion ; Residential Coordinator; Red Maple Supportive Residence – Justice Transition Home; John Howard Society of Ottawa (Ontario) The Flexible Assertive...Read More...

Job and volunteer opportunities at Frayme

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Are you passionate about youth mental health and substance use system transformation? Frayme is actively seeking applications for members of their Board of Directors . Preferred applicants will have experience in financial accountability and/or government relations; lived expertise of the Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (YMHSU) sector is considered an asset. They especially welcome those with the above experience between the ages of 18‐28 to apply as a Director. Frayme’s Board oversees...Read More...

Research participants wanted - Capacity of MH & A workers to respond to COVID-19

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An interdisciplinary research team led by Dr. Mary Bartram at the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Dr. Ivy Bourgeault at the University of Ottawa and Canadian Health Workforce Network is working to assess how COVID-19 is impacting the capacity of Canada’s mental health and substance use workforce. The pandemic has brought about big changes for this workforce, such as the sudden shift to online approaches and responding to increasing levels of anxiety, trauma and grief in the...Read More...

Research participants wanted - Northern Ontario nurses' mental health

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A team of scientists from the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health at Laurentian University is studying the mental health of nurses in northern Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic. They're looking for 200 registered nurses and 200 registered practical nurses to fill out an online survey to help with data collection. The survey asks about a nurse's mental health state prior to COVID-19, as well as throughout the past year of the pandemic.Read More...

Introducing YoungCaregiversConnect.ca - peer support and information for caregivers under 25 in Ontario

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The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) is proud to launch a new website to help young caregivers aged 15-25. The new website www.youngcaregiversconnect.ca was designed in collaboration with, and for, young caregivers and offers information and resources that address their unique needs. We would welcome your support in promoting this new site with young caregivers you may know or with others who interact with young caregivers. Young caregivers are often a hidden and at-risk-group of...Read More...

Inquiry - Opioid Early Warning System and Weekend Monitoring

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Hello, I am currently leading an evaluation of Peterborough Public Health’s Opioid Early Warning and Surveillance System. We have identified some challenges with monitoring the system on weekends, regarding responsiveness from partners and actioning alerts without the help from our internal resources (i.e. Communications, etc.). I'm wondering if anyone has input to offer based on other Early Warning Systems in the province. Thanks in advance! Jocelyn Qualtrough, Health Promoter E: ...Read More...

This Week at the Ontario ACT and FACT Association Virtual Conference April 14, 2021

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Conference Dates: March 17 - July 14, 2021 April 14 2021 12-2pm THERE IS NO “I” IN GROUPS Luis O. Lopez, MS, MA - ACT Institute (New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University) One of the most challenging jobs many providers have is facilitating group sessions - clinical, recreational, supervisory or administrative. This workshop will look at a number of aspects that makes a group effective, interesting, logical, and fun. This workshop is open to all staff, supervisors and...Read More...

Mindfulness Group for Youth (Next start: May 11/21)

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Hello, For awhile, it seemed that the 'end' was somewhat in sight. However, as the COVID-19 numbers go back on the rise, stress and anxiety levels are likely increasing again. I am happy to inform that I will be offering the Mindfulness for Youth (aged 15-21) program again. The next start date is May 11/21 - please register early as space will be limited. Please contact Chris at clam@ridethewavescs.com or call 647-456-7751.Read More...

Call for Proposals - Peer Support Webinars - paid opportunity

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OPDI Call for Webinar Proposals Do you have an idea for a webinar related to the field of Peer Support? Would you like to share your knowledge and experience on a particular topic? Ontario Peer Development Initiative is proud to produce monthly webinars for our membership and the larger Peer Support Community, and we are currently inviting proposals for future webinars. We welcome the creation of new webinars, as well as webinars developed from previous presentations and/or conference...Read More...

Are you a service provider who works with refugees?

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On behalf of Dr. Michaela Hynie, Dr. Branka Agic & Dr. Kwame McKenzie and the research team for Promising Practices in Accessing Virtual Mental Health: Supporting Refugees during COVID-19 : You are invited to participate in a 10 minute anonymous online survey about mental health services for refugee newcomers during the COVID-19 pandemic. To participate, please click here . Participation is possible in both English and French. To learn more about this research project, go to: ...Read More...

Early Bird Deadline Reminder: Working with Shame & Working with Guilt

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Hello! This is a reminder that the early bird rate deadline for Kathy Steele's two upcoming livestream events: Working with Shame (May 7th) & Working with Guilt (May 8th) ends April 9th ! Unavailable on these dates? A recording will be made available for you to enjoy these training events at a later date. For details or to register, visit www.SOSWorkshops.ca or call 226-268-2307. Hope to see you then! MarisaRead More...

Poll indicates mental health impact of COVID-19 at all-time high

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A new survey is highlighting alarming trends that indicate the pandemic’s strain on the mental health of Ontarians has reached all-time highs. The latest poll in a series conducted by Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, shows a troubling pattern of loneliness: More than half of Ontarians (57%) are lonelier since the start of the pandemic, almost half (47%) wish they had someone to talk to, and more than a third (36 per cent) say they are often, very often or almost always lonely.Read More...

Reminder: Webinar: The Game Of Life, A Talk On Video Game Addiction

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J Join Cam Adair, founder of Game Quitters as he shares his personal journey of overcoming his addiction to gaming. Millions of young people love to play video games, and for a good reason, they are a lot of fun. There can also be risks, and too much gaming has been linked to depression, poor academic performance, and dropouts. Cam shares his personal journey of overcoming his addiction to the gaming world and offers key insights he's learned along the way to create and remain in balance.Read More...

Study to Assess the Capacity of the Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce to Respond to COVID-19

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An interdisciplinary research team led by Dr. Mary Bartram at the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Dr. Ivy Bourgeault at the University of Ottawa and Canadian Health Workforce Network has asked us to inform you about an important study they are conducting. Their team is working to assess how COVID-19 is impacting the capacity of Canada’s mental health and substance use workforce. The pandemic has brought about big changes for this workforce, such as the sudden shift to online...Read More...

This Week at the Ontario ACT and FACT Association Virtual Conference March 31, 2021

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12-1pm (program update) Family and Community Matters in Recovery: Challenges and Opportunities Towards an Anti-racist Practice Luis O Lopez, MA, MS, ACT Institute/Center for Practice Innovations, Dr. Helle Thorning, ACT Institute/Center for Practice Innovations (New York, NY) We will explain the challenges and opportunities for teams and in supervision when addressing white supremacy and white privilege. The Critical Conversations (CC) Model provides a framework to illuminate and examine...Read More...

Ontario Mental Health & Addictions Virtual Care Collaborative is collecting "Success Stories in Action", highlighting organizations who are working to reduce the digital divide

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The Equity & Lived Experience Working Group of the Ontario Mental Health & Addictions Virtual Care Collaborative are conducting a series of interviews to highlight projects or initiatives across Ontario that have helped to ensure nobody is left behind in the rapid shift to virtual mental health and addictions care that has occurred in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are highlighting the creative and innovative ways in which groups have addressed the widening digital divide ,...Read More...

Stats Can releases data on cannabis and alcohol use during COVID-19

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Statistics Canada has released the results of a survey on cannabis and alcohol use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among those who had previously consumed cannabis, more than one-third (34%) reported that their consumption had increased during the pandemic. Among those who reported increased consumption, 35% reported consuming cannabis on five or more days per week during the past month. 12% of those who used cannabis reported decreasing their use during the pandemic. Access the full report on...Read More...

School Mental Health Ontario's 'Practical resources to support student mental health during COVID-19'

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Check out SMHO's Student Mental Health Action Kit to access the lesson plans for early years through to secondary, including their new virtual field trip on stress management and coping, exploring the power of visualization strategies. Visualization can help students (and us!) settle our minds by temporarily shifting focus away from worries and concerns. Do you have a moment now? Why not take a break and enjoy this forest visualization? It’s one of the consolidation activities featured in...Read More...

OPDI is Seeking Stories from Peer Supporters (paid opportunities)

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The Ontario Peer Development Initiative is looking for Peer Supporters who would be interested in sharing their personal and/or professional experiences with Peer Support as a part of OPDI's training program. All participants will be compensated for their work. The two distinct requests are detailed below. Call for Written Stories Deadline for Expressing Interest: 31 March 2021 Proposed Deadline for Completed Story: 31 OPDI is looking for a few Peer Supporters who are interested in writing...Read More...

Peer Support Program for individuals and families

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Hope+Me - Mood Disorders Association of Ontario provides support to individuals and families with mental health challenges through various peer support and recovery programs: Warm line: Monday-Friday 9:30AM-5PM. Callers can speak to peer support workers for support with their own mental health or navigation of the mental health system. Give us a call at Toll-free 1-888-486-8236 Virtual peer support groups: 13 different groups catering to different audiences such as women group, depression...Read More...

Carleton University Study - Virtual Counselling in COVID-19

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Dear Colleagues, My name is Ruxi Gheorghe, and I’m an MSW student at the Carleton University School of Social Work in Ottawa, Canada. Carleton's SIM Social Work Research Lab is currently conducting a pilot study on mental health professionals’ online/video-conferencing work in the context of COVID 19 pandemic stress , with the research questions of: (1) How do clinicians engage client assessment of pandemic stress on a video-conferencing platform?; (2) how do clinicians’ own personal and...Read More...

Volunteer opportunity on-line English classes for refugees and immigrants

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The Salvation Army Immigrants & Refugee Services is looking for volunteers OBJECTIVES: To provide language skill training to assist immigrants and refugees in the process of settling in Canada. QUALIFICATIONS: • Verbal and written fluency in English • Willingness to help newcomers • A TESL certificate would be an asset • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills • Good organizational skills, self-motivated, and have the ability to work independently • Some experience teaching...Read More...

Volunteer Opportunity: Youth Peer Support Facilitator

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Hope + Me - Mood Disorders Association of Ontario is seeking youth volunteers ages 15 to 25 to be part of the youth-oriented Peer Support Drop-in Group which will be held online every Saturday. The role will require the volunteer to work on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The start date is Saturday, April 3, 2021 . Applications will be accepted to March 28, 2021 (inclusive). PLEASE SEE OPPORTUNITY ATTACHMENT If you want to be part of the Hope + Me initiative to help other youth gain...Read More...

New TEACH Educational Rounds Webinar: Expert Q&A Panel on Vaping

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2020-2021 TEACH EDUCATIONAL ROUNDS Presents: Webinar Title: Seeing Through the Vapour: An Expert Panel on Vaping Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021(12 PM – 1PM ET) Presented by: Dr. Laurie Zawertailo (PhD), Dr. Milan Khara ( MBChB, CCFP, cert. ASAM), Dr. Peter Selby ( MBBS, CCFP, FCFP, MHSc, DipABAM, DFASAM) Registration Link: https://is.gd/MarchTERLA1 Learning Objectives: 1) Examine the current state of evidence surrounding vaping. 2) Investigate dual use of both tobacco and e-cigarettes. 3)...Read More...

World Social Work Day, Look to Africa: “I am because we are … it’s time to rethink Western models of social work”

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Martin Webber’s aspirational vision for the aims of social work are founded from his years of leadership in helping to develop social work professional standards in mental health and practice based research, such as Connecting People Project to help guide recovery interventions. He nudges social workers to focus our aims beyond promising but ultimately more limited approaches such as organizational co-design or co-production to deeper societal interactions and dynamics. Personally, I find...Read More...

Survey about virtual mental health services for newcomers/ Sondage sur les services de santé mentale virtuels pour les nouveaux arrivants

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[La version française suit le texte anglais] On behalf of Dr. Michaela Hynie, Dr. Branka Agic & Dr. Kwame McKenzie and the research team for Promising Practices in Accessing Virtual Mental Health: Supporting Refugees during COVID-19 : You are invited to participate in a 10 minute anonymous online survey about mental health services for refugee newcomers during COVID. We are interested in hearing from: service providers (primary care workers, settlement workers, etc.) who have referred...Read More...

Call for submissions for CCSA’s Issues of Substance conference

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The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is now accepting submissions for its Issues of Substance 2021 conference. The conference acknowledges the principle that all voices should have a platform to share knowledge and experience. With this in mind, the organizers welcome submissions for research, program or policy abstracts (Academic Abstracts) and submissions based on personal experience related to substance use (Personal Experience). Personal experience Submissions Your...Read More...

Our email is down

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Just a notice to say that our tech support address, eenetconnect@camh.ca , is currently not working. In the meantime, if you need help with anything that can't be found in our how-to guide or community guidelines , please feel free to send a private message to me or @Simon Landry .Read More...

Webinar: The Game Of Life: A Talk on Video Game Addiction

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Join Cam Adair, founder of Game Quitters as he shares his personal journey of overcoming his addiction to gaming. Millions of young people love to play video games, and for a good reason, they are a lot of fun. There can also be risks, and too much gaming has been linked to depression, poor academic performance, and dropouts. Cam shares his personal journey of overcoming his addiction to the gaming world and offers key insights he's learned along the way to create and remain in balance.Read More...

Survey - Experiences with Virtual Supports for Substance Use

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The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), in partnership with the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Canadian Psychological Association and Canada Health Infoway, is conducting a survey to understand the impact of the move towards virtual service provision during COVID-19 on people who use substances . The results of the survey will inform policy makers, service providers and the substance use and mental health community. The survey takes up to 30 minutes to complete.Read More...

Webinar Recording (+ answers to your questions) - Teens and Smartphones

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For those who attended the ' Teens and Smartphones' webinar on March 10, I have posted a link to the recording and answers to Q&A we weren't able to get to in the session, below in our GGTU subgroup: https://www.eenetconnect.ca/g/gambling-gaming-technology-use/topic/webinar-recording-answers-to-your-questions-teens-and-smartphones Thank you to everyone who attended and made this event so successful!Read More...

Public consultations - Guidance on personal cannabis production for medical purposes

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Health Canada invites perspectives on the draft guidance on personal production of cannabis for medical purposes . Key questions for discussion are related to the factors that may be considered for refusal or revocation of a personal production registration on public health and public safety grounds. The consultation is open from March 8 to May 7, 2021.Read More...

Don't Use Alone - the Krasman Centre's Safer Use Peer Support Line

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A core tenet of opioid harm reduction has always been "Don't use alone." During COVID-19, this has become more difficult, as public health advice encourages us to maintain social distance from those outside our own households. The Krasman Centre's Safer Use Peer Support Line is a spotting service, in which a peer supporter with experience of substance use will stay with a person on the phone while they use. The Safer Use Peer Support Line can be accessed toll-free at 1-888-233-5633 from 10...Read More...

Webinar Thurs, March 11: Online Gaming: What Parents Need To Know

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Thursday, March 11, 2021 7-8:30 PM EST What’s so appealing about gaming, and what makes it so addictive? How can parents tell the difference between healthy recreational gaming and problematic gaming? How can parents talk to their children about their gaming habits? Join psychotherapist Nadja Streiter, who specializes in treating adolescents and adults who struggle with video game addiction, in a discussion on how to notice the risk, set boundaries and how to prevent gaming from becoming...Read More...

Low-Risk Alcohol Guidelines - Public consultations for revision & update

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The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), with support from Health Canada, is leading a process to update Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines using the latest evidence. There will be a six week , online public consultation to inform the update. The consultation survey is open to all people in Canada from March 8 until April 18. If you have any questions about this project, please email Lauren Levett, ( LLevett@ccsa.ca ).Read More...

Ontario Association for ACT and FACT 2021 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE Every Wednesday from 12:00 – 3:00 PM

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Every Wednesday from 12:00 – 3:00 PM (eastern standard time) From March 17 to July 14, 2021 there are two or three presentations (1.5 hour workshops, 1 hour talks). Presenters from: The Netherlands, Norway, Boston, New York, Georgia, Oklahoma, Quebec, Ontario Four Keynote Speakers — MARCH 17 2021 THE NEW SCIENCE ON ADDICTION RECOVERY During the past 50 years a great deal has been learned about how to provide acute care services for those suffering from addiction, but there has been...Read More...

Call for Abstracts for CADDRA 2021 Virtual ADHD Conference and Research Day

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CADDRA Invites you to submit your ideas to present at CADDRA 2021 ADHD Conference and Research Day! Our 8 th Annual ADHD Research Day on Friday, October 1 is inviting oral (Canadian-based presenters only) or poster (from Canada or international). Please find the submission guidelines for Research Day by clicking here . Our 17 th Annual ADHD Conference (Saturday, Sunday, October 2-3) is looking for symposium, session or hot topics ideas. Please find the submission guidelines for Conference by...Read More...

Using standardized tools to improve services: World Café highlights and themes

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In November 2020, Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) and Community Care information Management co-hosted a World Café-style event with more than 70 participants, focusing on the use of standardized tools. Each participant took part in three facilitated, small-group, virtual breakout sessions focusing on their topic selections out of a total of nine topics. The breakout sessions allowed participants to learn from each other's experiences and hear more about how to use different tools to...Read More...

Call for Presenters

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The Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP) is currently seeking submissions for presenters at our 2021 Virtual Conference. This year, our conference will be on the topic of the mental health implications of COVID19. We are looking for online conference sessions to help mental health practitioners understand what we have all gone through and what awaits us as we move into a post-COVID life. Click the link for full details: https://mhpconnector.ca/job-li...ers-2021-conference/Read More...

Recruiting refugee newcomers for a research project

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Promising Practices in Accessing Virtual Mental Health: Supporting Refugees during COVID-19 is a national research project currently inviting refugee newcomers to participate in virtual interviews about their access to formal virtual support for emotional or social well-being. Formal virtual support means support provided online or by phone by a professional or agency (for example, in support groups or individual sessions with social workers, physicians, counsellors, or other mental health...Read More...

Introducing Practicing Well - by family doctors, for family doctors

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The Ontario College of Family Physicians is happy to introduce Practicing Well , a new resource to support family doctors in providing the best possible care for patients with their mental health disorders, substance use, and chronic pain. Practicing Well has three components: 1) a Community of Practice, 2) Information Exchange, and 3) Peer-to-Peer Connect. The first Community of Practice meeting will be on March 5 from 8-9 a.m. and will focus on the challenges for family doctors in managing...Read More...

Harm Reduction for Sex Workers during COVID-19

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Bay Area Workers Support has just released a new guide, COVID19 Harm Reduction for Sex Workers . This practical and easy-to-read guide was co-created by sex workers and medical students to increase access to information on how to reduce the risk for transmission of COVID-19 during sex work.Read More...

City of Toronto survey on the use of fireworks and PTSD

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The City of Toronto is conducting a survey on the use of fireworks in response to a surge in use over the summer and autumn months of 2020. This offers an opportunity for mental health professionals and clients to address the impact upon mental health for sufferers of PTSD. Most residents in Toronto are unaware of the existing by-laws which restrict fireworks use to holidays and prohibit use in public parks without permit. Currently some residential areas of the city are experiencing...Read More...

Listen. REALLY Listen. (The Cornerstone of QI).

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The Excellence through Quality Improvement Project (E-QIP) is hosting an amazing free virtual conference, QI Innovations: Understand-Pivot-Change , set for Tuesday, April 13. I am going to attempt to do the keynote. LOL. Keynote Presentation: Listen. REALLY Listen. (The Cornerstone of QI). This has been a year of constant change. The world around us transformed rapidly. In the face of the uncertainty and upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, living our values has never been more...Read More...

Legitimizing nature prescriptions

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A fun site that helps you deploy evidence based intervention quackery for physical and mental health. Go to the site: https://www.parkprescriptions.ca/ And now for a message from a pharma representative Recast: Nature IS the Best Life Support, with Dr. Peter Brindle‪y ‬ Solving Healthcare with Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng This podcast talks nature, and then gets into to challenges of communication in healthcare. Hear the Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/...9917?i=1000508421147Read More...
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