Your Health Is Important
In this section you will find information concerning your health. Our community offers various services which can help you ensure that you stay healthy and informed, services for addictions and have a health card to access services.
Misiway is a health centre that offers many services bringing together indigenous values and healing practices. Some of these services include:
• Primary Care Clinic
• Diabetes Education Program
• Healthy Kids Community Challenge
• Traditional Healing Program
• Child and Youth Program
Every Ontario resident must have a Health Card to receive basic health care services such as visiting a doctor, using the emergency room, getting blood work done and having eyes checked. These services are paid for by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) if you have a valid card. If you have never had an Ontario Health Card, you have to visit a local Service Ontario office to get your photo taken for your card. If you have lost your card, you can call the Ministry of Health infoline at 1-800-664-8988 for a replacement.
The Diabetes Hope Foundation helps families with children and youth living with diabetes. They offer financial help and support programs to help young people reach their full potential, manage diabetes and transition into adulthood.
The Red Cross is known world-wide for their help in preparing for emergencies and responding to emergencies. You can find a list on their website to build an economical and very good quality first aid kit. There is also a list to help you prepare your home and car for emergencies. Many of the items on the list can be found at dollar stores.
The Health Unit – Sexual Health Clinic can help you find low-cost birth control , including the emergency contraceptive pill (Plan B). They can also help with testing for sexually transmitted infections and any treatment needed. You need an appointment for most clinics, but some do have drop-in hours. The general walk-in clinics are led by nurses. Clinic hours are weekdays only:
• Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
• Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Friday, 9:00 a.m. – NOON
Call 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818 to speak with a nurse who can answer any of your questions.
An American website that gives information about food allergies. The website can help you learn about allergens and find tips about how to manage your allergies. The site also gives helpful recipes that are milk, soy, egg, wheat, tree nut and/or peanut free.
Another American website that gives teens private, honest and accurate information about their health. TeensHealth is available 24 hours a day, so you can get doctor-approved information you need about your health.
Telehealth Ontario can give you free and confidential health advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A Registered Nurse can assess your symptoms over the phone and help you decide if you need a doctor’s appointment or clinic care. They will also tell you if you need a different community service or if you have to go to an emergency room. You do not need a Health Card to access Telehealth services. The phone number is 1-866-797-0000 or you can visit their website.
If you are looking for a family doctor, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario offers a doctors search to help you find which doctors in your area are accepting new patients. You can search by gender, language, and/or town.
If you need help finding a doctor or a nurse, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website allows you to search for one in your area. http://www.cpso.on.ca/docsearch/
The Rainbow Health Ontario helps LGBTQ people find health care in their communities. It helps the LGBTQ community by making sure that health care is accessible to everyone equally. The website includes a directory of LGBT-friendly health care professionals, services and programs throughout Ontario.
If you are struggling with drinking too much or if you have feelings of despair and helplessness, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can help you. Their program is known world-wide for being successful and for supporting anyone in their struggle. District 4 covers everywhere from Temiskaming to Cochrane, including Chapleau, Cochrane, Englehart, Fauquier, Fort Albany, Haileybury, Hearst, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Kirkland Lake, Larder Lake, Matheson, Moonbeam, Moose Factory, Moosonee, New Liskeard, Notre Dame Du Nord, Smooth Rock Falls, South Porcupine, and Timmins. If you are in Timmins, call 705-360-8650. If you are outside of Timmins, call 1-866-675-9731. You can find more information about Alcoholics Anonymous at http://area84aa.org/meetings/district-4-temiskamingcochrane/
If you are under the age of 30, Alcoholics Anonymous for Young People can help you become sober and stay sober.
If you are looking for a drug or alcohol rehab program or service in Ontario, this free directory can help you find it. The website can help you find many types of services, including medical programs, residential treatment providers, and support programs for family members with loved ones struggling with addiction.
If you need help dealing with drugs or alcohol, this is a helpline that you can call 24 hours a day to ask questions about treatment services available in your community. The helpline can listen and support and it also helps with education about drugs and alcohol. Call their toll free number 1-800-565-8603 or visit their webpage.
If you are personally struggling with alcohol, drug, or gambling addiction, SCAS can help you in many ways. It can help assess your addiction, refer you to the right treatment and support programs, and manage your case. Family members of people with substance abuse or gambling problems can also get help through the SCAS. The North Cochrane Addictions Services is located at 29 Byng Ave #2, Kapuskasing, ON P5N 1W6. The phone number is 705-335-8408 or visit their website.
EatRightOntario.ca can help you plan healthy meals and make wise food choices. They offer easy-to-use nutrition information to improve the quality of your life. Their Registered Dieticians share articles about food and nutrition and can give you advice to plan meals by offering eating tips and healthy recipes. You can even speak to a registered dietician for free to ask questions. The phone number is 1-877-510-5102 or you can visit their website.
The Cancer Society offers a smoker’s helpline to give you free and confidential help if you want to quit smoking. You will get support and information about quitting and tobacco use to make it a little easier to quit. What’s more, you can use the online forums to get advice and support from other people who are also trying to quit. The Smoker’s Helpline offers self-help guides that are available to help build your confidence to quit for good. The phone number is 1 877 513-533.
KidSport™ Canada works throughout all of Canada to help kids under 18 years old pay for registration fees and buy equipment so they can participate in local sports. If you are interested, you can apply for a grant to help you pay for a season of sport in a local sport club. KidSport™ Canada is not-for-profit and has 23 chapters in Ontario.
The CMHA can help you learn about stress, balance, wellness and taking care of yourself. It can help you understand mental illness and show you where to get support. The website also offers some information about addiction and mental health specifically for young people.
If you are living with depression, anxiety or a bipolar disorder, you can find free support through the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. Their website offers you information about peer support groups, recovery programs, family and youth clinical support, early intervention for mood disorders and psychosis and even offers online tools that focus on recovery and being healthy and well.
Kids Help Phone can help you through whatever is troubling you. It is available 24 hours a day, and will help you when you are feeling stressed out about school or parents, grieving, or just feeling crummy. You can talk to them through their helpline or you can visit their website. On the website, you can take part in online forums, chat with counsellors online or even just browse through info booth topics. The site also has great links about sexual orientation and gender identity. The phone number is 1-800-668-6868.
If you are feeling lonely, overwhelmed and thinking of giving up, please don’t. The Distress Centres of Ontario are there to help you 24 hours a day. The helpline will give you someone who will listen to you, help you brainstorm ideas, and offer you support in your struggles.
If you need to know where your local food bank is, you can find it on the OAFB website. The website lists 120 food banks across Ontario. The food banks are searchable by the town closest to you. If you want to use a food bank, they may want some information about you, such as identification to show that you live in the area, proof of income, such as a pay cheque, Child Tax Credit, EI statement or bank statement, and a list of monthly expense, such as rent receipts, water, hydro and gas bills, daycare costs or disability costs.