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We are here for you

COVID-19 has impacted each of us in many ways. One of the areas that we are monitoring closely is mental health. Mental health affects all of us. As we mark the 70th annual Mental Health Awareness Week I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize the toll that the ongoing pandemic is having on people’s…

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Getting real about mental health

We are honoured to share this submission for Mental Health Awareness Week from Kamloops-based nurse Shanoa Enns. On the surface Shanoa had everything - an exciting new career in nursing, a new partner, tons of friends and a loving family. But as her mental health declined, she found herself in a dark place. It was…

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PRH Champions: Caring for people runs in the family

To say Anne Morgenstern has a strong connection to health-care in Penticton might be putting it a bit lightly. Currently the Clinical Operations Manager in the PRH emergency department, Anne comes from a family of health-care professionals. Her late mother enjoyed a 30 year nursing career, which included a stint working together with her daughter…

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Food as medicine

Several years ago, Donna Koenig, Food Services Manager for South Okanagan General Hospital, attended a national Indigenous nutrition event at Six Nations in northern Ontario. "There were Elders there from all across Canada--including the Yukon and the Northwest Territories--and it was all about the stories and learning why food is considered to be medicine--and the…

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Building a person-centred website

We are creating a brand new website to provide quick and easy access to health information for people living in B.C.’s Interior region. We want to get it right – and we need your help! This website will be designed for the public, by the public. We are grateful to have a public members on…

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Acknowledge the empty seat

In homes, schools, sports arenas and workplaces across our region, someone is missing. Five years ago the increasing number of opioid overdoses prompted the Province to declare a public health emergency. Since then across Interior Health, more than 1,117* family members, friends, coworkers, teammates, neighbours and friends have been lost to overdose. Much has been…

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Planning for the future

It can be one of the most difficult conversations you’ll ever have. No one wants to think about it, let alone discuss it. But determining what kind of care you want to receive at the end of your life – and, more importantly, what you don’t – is a talk we all should have with…

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Find reliable healthy eating information online

Are you feeling overwhelmed when looking for food and nutrition information on the internet? Ask yourself these 7 questions to find reliable information on healthy eating online. Is there a promise of a quick fix? If a diet or product sounds too good to be true, then it likely is. Making changes in your habits means…

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