A number of stories related to mental health will be told in the days leading up to Bell Let’s Talk Day, which is scheduled for January 25.
Many of those stories will point to the need to treat mental health as important as we treat physical health. This is a common message and one that we often hear through the advocacy work being done to eliminate stigma and increase awareness for those living with mental illness.
However, the relationship between the two is far more than a key message. And, it’s something we have the privilege of working on each day at the Metabolic and Weight Management (Metabolic Clinic) at Ontario Shores.
As an almost 40-year-old male, I vividly recall the time in history when Princess Leia was a very big deal.
The character played by actress Carrie Fisher in the iconic Star Wars films of the 1970s and 80s instantly brings images of beauty, grace, humour and strength to the forefront.
As a young boy, it was this character that introduced me to Ms. Fisher, the actress. However, years later I view that character of Princess Leia as the lesser of the notable roles played by the actress who died suddenly on December 27, 2016 at the age of 60.
In December, 2014, Ontario Shores partnered with Canada Health Infoway to launch the ‘Healthcheck’ Patient Portal with the aim to provide patients and caregivers access to their personal health information and promote patient engagement and partnerships in care.
To date there are 605 registered portal users at Ontario Shores. Of these users, 94 are ‘proxy users’, defined as family, friends, and caregivers. Feedback received from users includes that “Just having my own access has given me freedom as a patient”, and “it is an excellent tool to cultivate autonomy.”