Peer support can help bridge gaps in mental-health services

A recent  report by Deloitte forecasts Canadians will experience an increase in mental-health issues over the coming years in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It suggests medical visits for mental-health issues could rise by between 54 and 163 per cent, and the total number of Canadians seeking medical attention for these issues will range from 6.3 million to 10.7 million. These are astronomical and concerning numbers.

A discarded surgical mask lies in a pile of leaves in Montreal Monday September 28, 2020. Even once the pandemic is over, there is expected to be a longer-term impact on the demand for mental-health services.

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A discarded surgical mask lies in a pile of leaves in Montreal Monday September 28, 2020. Even once the pandemic is over, there is expected to be a longer-term impact on the demand for mental-health services.

Other reports are also suggesting during this pandemic young adults are more likely to experience moderate-to-severe anxiety, and feel lonely and feel depressed, compared with older populations.

It’s evident young adults in Canada face and will continue to face mental-health challenges at

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Spurs Give and Bexar County donate toward mental health

Over 35,000 youth will benefit from the San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative. The Spurs put out this press release:

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“As distant learning continues, it’s left students that face abuse and neglect at home without a reprise and without a teacher to pick up on those vital signs,” said Spurs Give Executive Director Jennifer Regnier. “Schools often serve as sanctuaries, an escape from home for many abused and neglected children. It was crucial for us to not only address those issues at hand but also to help combat them. These two incredible organizations do powerful work in the community and drive positive and purposeful change for those young victims and their families. This fight is personal. No child should feel powerless, no child should feel alone. We are proud to be in a county that commits to fighting against the recent rise

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WHOOP Partners with Tory Burch to Optimize Employee Health and Well-Being

BOSTON, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — WHOOP, the human performance company, is partnering with Tory Burch on a new employee initiative to advance health and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tory Burch will provide a WHOOP Strap 3.0 to 700 employees on a first-come, first-served basis to track their health and fitness, and unlock unparalleled insights into their sleep, recovery, and overall wellness.

“We’re proud to collaborate with Tory Burch in its efforts to improve employee wellness at home and in the office,” said Will Ahmed, WHOOP Founder & CEO. “WHOOP is the perfect performance partner for businesses looking to empower employees with a deeper understanding of their health during these sustained challenging work conditions.”

A huge number of businesses have been forced to change the way they operate this year, and the most innovative ones are seeking new solutions to help employees optimize health and focus on

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Life Pack Organics and American Actor/Musician Sean McNabb Join Forces in Pursuit of Health & Wellness for All

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Life Pack Organics and Sean McNabb have agreed to his representation of the company’s premium Health & Wellness hemp products as an All-Star Brand Ambassador. The 55-year-old Artist, best known for his work in films and tv shows like Sons of Anarchy, Street Survivors, and Lifetime Movies and super star bassist and vocalist in groups such as Dokken, Quiet Riot, Great white, Montrose and his solo offerings. Sean is active in the Los Angeles charity scene with fundraising events, Harley rides and he sits on the board of the Ronnie James Dio Cancer Fund. He also has developed a true passion for Life pack Organics and helping to educate Tinsel Town on the amazing benefits of Hemp CBD products.

“Life Pack Organics is committed to changing society’s perception about the benefits of hemp CBD versus the reliance on pharmaceuticals. It’s with tremendous

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Land trust plans Wellness Walk

Join Kennebunk Land Trust on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. for an October Wellness Walk at the For All Forever Preserve, an 111-acre property that contains forest, wetland areas, beautiful fields, and a mile of frontage on the Mousam River. It will be a less than 1-mile, social walk.

Kennebunk Land Trust will host an October Wellness Walk at the For All Forever Preserve at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Courtesy photo

The trail reflects a wide, relatively flat path. During this social walk, there will also be an opportunity to learn more about Kennebunk Land Trust’s partnership with the University of New England to restore the American chestnut as well as how the For All Forever field has created important habitat for pollinators.

RSVP required and masks are required. To RSVP, email [email protected] This walk is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to wear

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CDTA opens in-house health center for its 700 employees

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ALBANY — CDTA’s 700 employees can get free health care at a new on-site health center designed to keep them healthy and, in the process, reduce the costs of their health care.

The clinic saw its first employee/patient Monday and was formally introduced Tuesday at a news conference held by the regional transit agency and by Albany health insurer CDPHP, which is partnering with CDTA on the project.

Family Nurse Practitioner Jocelyn Cappozzo is the sole staffer, working full-time to provide treatment for minor illness and injury, flu shots and health counseling, as well as keeping CDTA in compliance with the regulatory framework placed on public transit providers.

The first patient visits this week fall in the latter category — random drug screening, new employee physicals, employee re-certifications. Full wellness services will follow, CDTA CEO Carm Basile said.

“They’ll get tips and tools to

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Face masks and hearing loss, tips for supporting the hearing impaired

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Fairbanks Hearing & Balance Center sign

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -The COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of impacts on the community, and has affected many in different ways. Dr. Mariana McIlwain, audiologist with the Fairbanks Hearing and Balance talks about how the hearing impaired community has been affected by the pandemic.

“The year 2020 has been a very difficult year for all of us. One thing that has been particularly challenging is the way we communicate and interact with others. It’s just an eye opening experience to realize just how much we use our face to communicate,” said McIlwain.

Lip reading and facial recognition are important components of human interaction, especially for those who have underlying hearing loss. For them these visual cues can be essential to understanding and participating in everyday environments. McIlwain told us, “With the measures to decrease the spread of COVID-19

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Candidate: Martha Koo, M.D. For Beach Cities Health District

REDONDO BEACH, CA — The 2020 election is heating up in Los Angeles County, and there are plenty of races with candidates eager to serve in elected office. Eyes are primarily focused on the presidential election, but voters will also decide the outcome of state representative and senate seats.

Closer to home, Patch has asked candidates for municipal races to discuss their campaigns, publishing candidate profiles as election day draws near.

In the South Bay, Martha Koo, M.D. is running for one of the open seats for the Beach Cities Health District.

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I have two daughters, Summer and Tess, ages 24 and 21, a wonderful partner, and three amazing pets.

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Founder of health empire The Beauty Chef Carla Oates shares her daily wellness issues

Carla Oates’s multi-million-dollar beauty empire is built around the idea of nourishing your body ‘from the inside out’, and now the founder of The Beauty Chef has shared the daily wellness rituals she swears by for glowing skin and optimum health.

Carla, 46, from Sydney, said there are a ‘few rituals’ that keep her ‘gut happy, her immunity strong and her skin glowing’ – including morning walks, good quality sleep and a daily well-being spray that she carries around with her and sprays under her tongue after meals.

The Beauty Chef owner founded her range of probiotic powders and elixirs in 2009, after a personal battle with eczema led her to seek a more holistic cure. 

A decade down the track and Carla’s Beauty Chef is one of Australia’s most successful beauty exports. 

Carla Oates’s (pictured) beauty empire is built around the idea of nourishing your body ‘from the inside

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Wellness Home Design Tips For Weight Management During The Pandemic

Hundreds of headlines blare daily warnings about the dreaded “Covid 19” pounds packed on during these long pandemic months. Americans are locked out of their local gyms and yoga studios, locked down in their homes, and locked away from friends and family members for support. What isn’t locked down are the refrigerator and pantry, and comfort food eating is on the rise. What impact is this having on your health, and what can you do about it?

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First, the good news: “Much like the myth of the ‘Freshman 15,’ which has been disproven through numerous studies, the ‘Covid 19’ phenomenon is more myth than reality,” declares Jennifer Lombardi, a certified eating disorder psychotherapist at Kaiser Permanente’s Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program in Sacramento.  That doesn’t mean

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