Focus on Mental Health Week

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MENTAL HEALTH WEEK MAY 1-7, 2017  #GETLOUD 

“Getting loud means speaking up to stop the discrimination and the stigma that often go hand in hand with mental illness. It means using your voice to raise awareness and build support. For someone at home. For someone at work. For yourself.”  We all want to be healthy and happy. No one can be truly healthy without positive mental health. It involves how we feel, think, act and interact with the world around us. Mental health is about coping with the normal stresses of life and making a contribution to our community.

Ask for help or seek advice from a professional – give your mental health the attention it needs and deserves.

YOUR PATH TO MENTAL WELL-BEING

Positive mental health isn’t about avoiding problems or trying to achieve a “perfect” life. It’s about living well and having the tools to cope with difficult situations even during life’s challenges. Each person’s path to mental well-being is unique. We all have our own goals, our own challenges, our own talents and our own supports. But positive mental health is within everyone’s reach.

Staying mentally healthy is like staying physically fit— it requires effort. But the rewards are worth it! Everyone has to face stresses and demands, but we all need and deserve breaks. Daily physical exercise, for instance, not only makes you stronger and more fit, but it also improves your mood and your sense of well-being.

Taking charge of your mental well-being

  • Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing problems with your mental health
    •Contact your local CMHA branch at cmha.ca
    •Check with your employer: many Employee Assistance Plans (EAPs) and benefit plans will provide access to counselling services
    •Reach out to people you trust: personal connections are some of the most powerful healing tools for combatting depression
    •Live well: a healthy lifestyle can boost your mood

Click here for resources:  http://toolkit.mentalhealthweek.ca/document-category/mental-health/

 

Child Ear Infections

It’s going around in Bonnyville and here’s the 411 on what to know.  What causes it?  A small tube connects your ear to your throat. These two tubes are called eustachian tubes (say “yoo-STAY-shee-un”). A cold can cause this tube to swell. When the tube swells enough to become blocked, it can trap fluid inside your ear. This makes it a perfect place for germs to grow and cause an infection.

Ear infections happen mostly to young children, because their tubes are smaller and get blocked more easily.

 

What are the symptoms?

The main symptom is an earache. It can be mild, or it can hurt a lot. Babies and young children may be fussy. They may pull at their ears and cry. They may have trouble sleeping. They may also have a fever.  You may see thick, yellow fluid coming from their ears. This happens when the infection has caused the eardrum to burst and the fluid flows out. This isn’t serious and usually makes the pain go away. The eardrum usually heals on its own.

When fluid builds up but doesn’t get infected, children often say that their ears just feel plugged. They may have trouble hearing, but their hearing usually returns to normal after the fluid is gone. It may take weeks for the fluid to drain away.

Antibiotics are not always needed to treat an ear infection. In healthy children, it is safe to wait 1 to 2 days to see if the symptoms get better on their own. The most important thing is to keep your child comfortable.

1.Pain and Fever control: You may give Acetaminophen (Tylenol® or Tempra®) or Ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®) to keep your child comfortable. Use as directed on the packaging or instructed by a health care provider

2.Antibiotics: Not all ear infections need antibiotics

If your child is older than 6 months, it is safe to wait 1 to 2 days to see if the infection gets better on its own

Antibiotics may be prescribed for ear infections that haven’t gotten better in a few days or if:

 

  • Your child is having severe pain
  • Your child is having constant high fevers (>39°C (102.2°F)

https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/Pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=hw184385

 

Wacky Health Facts:

  • One in every 1000 babies is born with a tooth
    •There are approximately 96,000 km of blood vessels in the human body
    •More germs are transferred shaking hands than kissing
    •Like fingerprints, every person has a unique tongue print
    •Your heart beats 100 000 times a day
    •Enamel, found on our teeth, is the hardest substance in the human body

Source: The People’s Almanac 2, compiled by David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace.

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