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Opioid Services in Oxford

Oxford County Public Health is doing research about what makes it easy and what makes it hard for people to access opioid-related services. We’re looking for people who use or take opioids, friends and family of people who use or take opioids and people who may use opioids in the future. Opioids can be legal or illegal drugs like fentanyl, heroin, methadone, codeine and hydromorph.

If you want to share your experiences of finding and using services in Oxford County in an interview, please contact Laura Gibbs at 519-539-9800 ext. 3516 or healthevidence@oxfordcounty.ca. If you have questions about ethical issues in the project, you can contact the Public Health Ontario Research Ethics Coordinator at 647-260-7206 or ethics@oahpp.ca.

Interview participants will receive a $20 gift card as a thank you gift.

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National Pharmacare

According to comprehensive national research, nearly 1 out of every 4 Canadians says they or someone in their household can’t afford their prescription drugs. Many are splitting pills and skipping doses to make the medicine go further. Many others are not renewing or even filling prescriptions to begin with due to the high costs of medications. Canadians also pay dramatically more for prescription medications than most other industrialized countries and Canada is the only country with a universal healthcare system which does not also include universal access to prescription drugs.

Canada’s Community Health Centres applaud the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health’s formal recommendation for the federal government to implement a single-payer, universal prescription drug plan for Canadians. The recommendation comes in the Committee’s report Pharmacare Now: Prescription Medicine Coverage for all Canadians, tabled yesterday in the House of Commons.

View the CACHC news release.

 

 

 

 

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New Mental Health Support

Big White Wall is an online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programmes, creative outlets and a community that cares. When you’re dealing with everyday stressors or major life events, we’ll help you get through it.

Discover a new approach towards wellbeing that is available anytime anywhere

  • Anonymous peer support
  • 24/7 moderation by clinically trained ‘Wall Guides’
  • Self-guided courses
  • Self-improvement tools and resources
  • Safe space to express yourself without judgement
  • Online therapy
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National Pharmacare Call to Action

Call to Action: On April 6, the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau and key cabinet ministers with recommendations on the mandate and composition of the forthcoming Advisory Council on Implementation of National Pharmacare.

We are asking everyone to communicate these core recommendations to your local MP as well and for them to bring them forward to Prime Minister Trudeau and the federal government.

Visit the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres for more information on this and other advocacy initiatives.

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Walk In Counselling

We are pleased to announce that, starting Wednesday, April 11th, our walk-in counselling is open to the public.

Our team of counsellors welcomes anyone over 16 who is looking for individual mental health counselling.

The walk-in times have not changed – Each Wednesday, from 9:00 to noon.  The last intake is at 11:00.

Visit the walk-in counselling page for more details.

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Welcome Russ the Bus!

While we are sad to see our friend Gus the Bus leave us, we are thrilled to welcome his accessible cousin Russ to the health centre team.

Russ the Bus is a brand-new fully accessible bus that, like Gus, will take our CHC clients to medical appointments across southwestern Ontario.

Russ (driven by Phil, our volunteer driver – above) can take up to 9 passengers or carry up to 4 wheelchairs.  We are all very excited to have Russ join the team, so we can provide more services to the community.

If you have any questions about our transportation program, please email Trevor.

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Great Programs in April

Have you heard?  There are some great programs coming up in April.

Sign up today for:

  • Laughter Yoga – Every Friday in April and May – from 11 to noon
  • Fab-U-Lous – Wednesday, April 11 – from 5 to 8pm
  • Zentangle – Tuesday, April 24 – from 10 to noon and 1:30 to 4

Contact us today to register.

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Kids Can’t Wait

Mental health care for Ontario children and youth face a series of challenges including program cuts due to chronic under funding; skyrocketing hospitalization rates; and, long waiting lists for treatment that continue to grow.

As many as 5 out of 6 kids with mental health issues don’t get the treatment they need.

Let’s make Ontario a better place for families by prioritizing child and youth mental health.

Visit the Kids Can’t Wait website.