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6 places to donate gently used clothing, furniture and other household items in York Region

Posted Thursday, October 14, 2021

By: Ryan Boyd, Up Hub summer student

As an older brother, I'm very familiar with going through my old wardrobe to sort out any unwanted clothes and accessories. Although these items often ended up in the possession of my younger brother, it taught me about the importance of passing on necessities to people who need them. Just because something doesn’t serve your needs anymore, doesn’t mean that it can’t be valuable to someone else. These things have the potential...

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Reset your goals this fall with the WOOP technique

Posted Wednesday, October 06, 2021

I read a quote on social media recently that said, "Autumn exists to remind us that things must end to begin again."

Fall is a time to reflect, regroup, rest and reset, and that's especially true for people who experience depression and anxiety who may be struggling with not having met some of their goals.

Not achieving a goal on the first or subsequent attempt is okay, as long as we're able to see setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow. If a goal feels overwhelming, perhaps...

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Don’t let a diagnosis define you

Posted Wednesday, August 18, 2021

By: Elaine Jackson

My view of my mental health journey has been filtered through two lenses: my own feelings, thoughts and experiences on the one hand, and my health care training on the other. And also, when I’m honest, through the lens of our culture: books, movies, newscasts, commercials—everything we encounter in our experience of relationships and “fitting in.”

In my training, we learned about the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual or DSM, which uses...

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My personal journey to belonging at Pride

Posted Thursday, June 10, 2021

By Tristan Coolman, President of Pflag York Region

The first Pride celebration I attended was when I was 19-years-old back in June of 2007. As a young man living in Markham, I went down to Toronto by myself on a Sunday morning and stayed to watch a bit of the march. For someone riddled with anxieties, common descriptions and vernaculars for these feelings weren’t widely expressed at the time. I had just started my coming out journey a few years back and had supportive...

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Indigenous outreach program launches in York Region

Posted Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Na-Me-Res has launched a new program in York Region that proudly facilitates Indigenous supports to clients by providing a safe space to access and navigate community resources, grow, and thrive.

Na-Me-Res York Region program accommodates the growing needs of the community and facilitates greater understanding of the underlying reasons for Indigenous homelessness by implementing understanding and supportive programming to address those causes with culturally safe and wholistic...

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