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If you are looking for reliable health information for yourself, your friends or family the health unit can help. We can also provide support if you are looking to make a healthy change at your school. Click below for more information.

Your Health

The health unit offers information on a variety of topics to help you make informed choices about your own health:

You can contact the health unit to talk a public health nurse, confidentially, by phone or email.

There are also many other services available through organizations in Simcoe Muskoka. For more information, for yourself or a friend, visit Community Connection (if you live in Simcoe County) or http://www.infomuskoka.ca/ (if you live in Muskoka) to look for supports in your local area, or call 211.

Managing Stress

Stress is a part of everyday life. Staying organized, managing time, juggling school, friends, home, and work can be challenging. Stress comes from all kinds of places. It can sometimes be a good thing.It helps you to be alert, energized, it can motivate you, and even thrill you (think roller coaster rides); but what about when you get that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach? Stress can quickly become negative if it leaves you feeling worried, anxious, scared or angry. Too much stress can interfere with your ability to do normal tasks, get along with others, and over time, can cause health problems.

Everyone handles things differently and that’s okay.What causes you to be stressed out will be different from someone else. Recognizing the symptoms helps. Lots of teens describe it as heart pounding, sweaty palms, nervous, and feeling sick to your stomach. Start to recognize your symptoms, and you will be better able to cope.

Next time you are feeling stressed, try some of these strategies:

  • Do something! If the stress is caused by a problem that has a solution, the best way to cope with that problem is to solve it
  • Breathing exercises (e.g. relax and slow your breathing, 4 square breathing technique)
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Daily relaxation time
  • Eat healthy.
Need to talk? Kids Help Phone is private and confidential, and available 24/7. https://kidshelpphone.ca/
Get Involved

Do you want to make a difference at your school? Want your voice heard? Want to be a part of making your school a healthier place?

Being part of a Healthy Schools Committee might be just what you are looking for. Being part of a Healthy School Committee can help you and your friends to have your voices heard. It is also an opportunity to develop leadership skills, working with a team, to promote health and well-being and to help find solutions to issues you want to see addressed at your school.

To find out if a Healthy Schools Committee already exists in your school, speak to your school council representatives, teachers or Principal. If one does not already exist, ask about how you can start one. Your Healthy Schools public health nurse is here to help you get started.


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