Patient Newsletter
September 2018
September 2nd-13th mark the 12 Days of Positivity in

What are we doing at TFHT to promote positivity?
There are gratitude boards in the waiting rooms at each of our locations. Patients and staff write down what they are grateful for. The boards are replaced when they fill up and we document answers. The word art above is composed of answers from our boards. The more frequently a word occurred, the bigger it appears.
How are we celebrating positivity this September?
When you come in to any of our locations between September 2nd-13th, keep a positive message in mind that you would like to share. All patients and staff can participate in our positivity project.
New Faces
Cheghaf Madarati PGY 1
September 10th, 2018 Suicide Prevention Day

September 10 th is Suicide Prevention Day. It is imperative to provide awareness regarding suicide and what to look for the sake of supporting those who are struggling as well as a means in combating the stigma associated with mental health. On average we have 40,000 to 60,000 thoughts in a day (Happify, 2018) and for some people having suicidal thoughts are a part of those. On the outside, however, friends and family may not be aware of the extent to these thoughts.

  • A loss of interest in personal activities or hobbies
  • withdrawing or isolating more than usual
  • comments of hopelessness or helplessness
  • an increase in substance use
  • doing reckless behaviour
If you think someone you know may be contemplating suicide it is important to ask them by using the specific term “suicide”. When we create space for conversations regarding suicide, feelings of shame become reduced and more importantly we are able to learn if an individual is feeling suicidal and to what extent. Thoughts of suicide signify the emotional and sometimes physical pain that a person is experiencing and they are looking for a way for this pain to end. 
There are ways to cope with the pain such as:
Bringing exercise like yoga or going for a walk into your daily routine
Focusing on reasons for living such as pets, family and friends
Focusing on potential goals and plans. 
Often those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts need support in order to reach out to various resources such as:
·          calling 1-866-299-7447
·          texting 741-741 between the hours of 2pm and 2am
·          downloading the Be Safe app
·          come to Single Session on 20 Emma Street every Wednesday from 8:30-11AM and 3:30-6PM. 
·          If you feel that a person is in need of immediate support call 911 or go to the emergency department.   

Sharing & Caring Group and
Caring for the Caregiver Group

School Wellness

We work to build healthy learning environments. We create a place where children are supported and able to make healthy choices. T o do this we provide a variety of in-school services tailored to the specific needs of each school.

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September is World Alzheimer's Month! Read the infographic below for facts about Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease in Canada. Following that, read on for information about our Body Harmony group and this month's brain teasers!
Join Jennifer, our occupational therapist, weekly for Body Harmony for the Seasoned and Young at Heart. Topics change monthly. September's topic is Healthy Aging

September - Healthy Aging
October - Memory & Aging
November - Fall prevention
December - Senior Security

Patients answer: What did you enjoy most about the Body Harmony Workshop?
(Responses following Osteoperosis Month)

  • Camaraderie. Sore muscles, big smile!
  • Information gained, nice atmosphere
  • Everything
  • Exercises. Nutrition, Physical and Mental. I also like the nutrition, vitamins, medications, & info.
  • Enjoy the exercises the most (love doing exercises in a group)

Brain Teasers

These picture puzzles include hidden words or short common phrases.

(Answers at bottom of newsletter)
Brain teasers from Ice Breaker Ideas

 Nurse Practitioner Corner

 September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Eat Well 
Yogurt-based (so it’s packed with protein and calcium), this dip is dandy paired with carrots, cherry tomatoes, and other kid-favored dippers.
Get the recipe for Yogurt -Dill- And-Walnut-Dip

September 4th is Polycistic Kidney Disease (PKD) Awareness Day

Current Medical Learners
Hina Jhawer PGY 2
Rob Wismer, PGY 2
Brent Rowden, PGY 1

Adam McDowall, PGY2
Andrew Lanz-O'brien, PGY1

Aaron Gross, PGY2


Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking is an important step towards better health, but it's not easy! Fortunately, there are programs and medications to help. Read on to learn more about smoking cessation.

Practical Apps 16: Breast Cancer - Practical Apps

Breast cancer represents up to 25% of new cancers in Canadian women and is the second most common cause of cancer-related mortality. The umbrella term "breast cancer" includes a group of conditions with a number of distinct tumour types, genetic...

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"Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible"
- Francis of Assisi

Solutions to brain teaser:
[1] Once in a blue moon
[2] For instance
[3] Travel overseas
[4] Green with envy
[5] No one to blame
[6] Ready for anything

DID YOU KNOW...........
We now have free Wi-Fi .
Find THFT-guest on your Wi-fi, select and agree to terms and conditions. No password is required.  
Check out our website for a complete list of programs and services.
Have an idea for a new program? We would love to hear from you!

Dates to Remember:
  • Information Night Tuesday September 11, 2018, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Come out and hear about all our programs and services we have to offer. Followed by a quick tour of the building.
465 Grand Avenue West
Chatham, ON N7L 1C5
(519) 354-0070 (ext. 602)        

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