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Caring for survivors of sexual assault

When survivors of sexual assault arrive at Penticton Regional Hospital, they are cared for by a dedicated team of specially trained nurses and social workers. Shelley and Marcy are part of the sexual assault response team in Penticton When a person is referred to the sexual assault team, they are first met by a social…

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Seven Days of Self-Care

What is self-care? It is any activity we do deliberately to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. It’s not an indulgence. Below are suggestions of small ways to incorporate self-care into your daily routine. Day 1: Unplug Turn off your TV, phone, computer, tablet, or any social media for that matter. Spend…

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Williams Lake First Nation hosts blessing ceremony for hospital project

As a residential school survivor, Elder Virginia Gilbert knows about the power of healing. Standing beside Cariboo Memorial Hospital, the Williams Lake First Nation (WLFN) elder spoke about her time in residential school and the inter-generational trauma it caused her and her family. She delivered a prayer and a blessing in her traditional language, telling…

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Talking to kids about alcohol

Parents and adult influencers play a big role in guiding kids towards healthy decisions about alcohol. But it isn't always easy knowing where to start. Arm yourself with some helpful and trusted resources developed by HealthyFamiliesBC. Talking to teensTalking to young adultsTalking to kids Talking to teens Some teens may try drinking alcohol before they…

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Hope and purpose after substance use

Ever since he was a kid growing up in Vancouver, Shawn Kelly loved the outdoors, downhill mountain biking, working out, and acrylic painting. He also had a passion for cooking, and went on to become a professional chef, cooking at prestigious events like the Olympics, and on one memorable occasion, even for visiting royalty. On…

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Stay safe this wildfire season

Wildfires can affect our physical and mental health and wellness, especially those who may be at higher risk. Talk with your primary care provider about your specific health situation, and take the following precautions this wildfire season. For current information on wildfires, visit the BC Wildfire Dashboard or EmergencyInfoBC that provides news on evacuation alerts…

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Anxious about the return-to-normal?

After more than a year of pandemic living, I was really looking forward to a "return to normal". But when the restrictions around public gatherings gradually started to be lifted, I felt immediate anxiety. Not being an anxious person or someone who typically worries, I wasn't prepared for the flood of negative and confusing emotions.…

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Stay safe in the heat

The return of summer means BBQs, extra daylight, and trips to the beach! But hot weather can also be a risk to your health. Extreme heat can cause health problems such as dehydration, exhaustion, and heat stroke, as well as worsen existing health conditions. In fact, heat is the leading cause of weather-related death. Read…

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Podcast celebrates Aboriginal Peoples

On June 21, we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. In June, we also celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This year, National Indigenous History Month is dedicated to the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of residential schools. This week's Interior…

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