April 2023 is filled with important health observances that are crucial for us to acknowledge and understand. From raising awareness about alcohol abuse to promoting health, this month is packed with educational opportunities for students and staff alike.
Here are some facts and resources about each observance and events happening in Toronto:
Alcohol Awareness Month: Alcoholism is a serious problem that affects individuals, families, and communities. Alcohol Awareness Month is a time to focus on education and prevention of alcohol abuse. Did you know that alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable death in Canada?
To learn more about the risks and dangers of alcohol abuse and addiction, check out these resources:
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH): CAMH provides a range of services to help individuals and families affected by alcoholism, including counseling, treatment, and support groups.
- Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR): ASYR offers a range of programs and services to help individuals and families affected by alcoholism, including counseling, education, and support groups.
National Autism Acceptance Month: April is National Autism Acceptance Month, a time to promote acceptance, inclusion, and understanding of individuals on the autism spectrum. Autism affects about 1 in 66 Canadian children and is a lifelong developmental disorder. To learn more about autism and how you can support individuals with autism, check out these resources:
- Autism Ontario: Autism Ontario provides information and resources for individuals with autism, their families, and professionals who work with them.
- Geneva Centre for Autism: The Geneva Centre for Autism provides a range of services and programs to support individuals with autism and their families, including assessment, therapy, and education.
Stress Awareness Month: Stress is a common problem that affects everyone at some point in their lives. National Stress Awareness Month is a time to learn about stress and how to manage it effectively. Did you know that chronic stress can lead to a variety of health problems, including heart disease and depression? To learn more about stress management, check out these resources:
- At ILAC we are offering a Wellness Sessions: “Managing Stress Through Resiliency and Self-Care” on Monday, April 17 | Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT. Check your emails for registration details!
- Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA): The CMHA offers a range of resources and services to help individuals manage stress and improve their mental health.
- The Stress Management Society: The Stress Management Society provides information and resources to help individuals manage stress and improve their well-being.
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month: Sexual assault is a serious problem that affects individuals of all genders and ages. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about sexual violence and promote prevention efforts.
Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime?
To learn more about sexual assault and how to prevent it, check out these resources:
- Assaulted Women’s Helpline: The Assaulted Women’s Helpline provides crisis counseling, support, and referrals for women who have experienced sexual assault.
- Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape: The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape provides crisis counseling, support, and advocacy for individuals who have experienced sexual assault.
National Counseling Awareness Month: Counseling can be an effective way to manage mental health problems and improve overall well-being. National Counseling Awareness Month is a time to highlight the importance of counseling and the role it plays in promoting mental health. Did you know that counseling can help with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, and relationship problems?
To learn more or book a counseeling session through our ILAC Healthcare team please visit our website https://www.ilac.com/healthcare/ or email [email protected]