- The Pregnancy Options Workbook can help guide you through your decision.
- Call Health Services to speak with a nurse who can discuss your options and provide you with support and appropriate resources.
- In Montreal: Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy - Therapeutic Abortion (TAB): For a free appointment call the Abortion Appointment Center at 514-380-8299.
- In Canada: Another resource for therapeutic abortion is the Morgentaler Clinic.
- Help and Referral line from the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux de Quebec (MSSSQ). Speak with a trained counselor. Free, bilingual, anonymous. 514-527-2626
- Evaluation and treatment programs for alcohol, drugs, gambling and gaming, including urgent care and detox/rehab programs:
- French-language programs: Centre de réadaptation en dépendance de Montréal - Institut universitaire
- English-language programs: Foster Addiction Rehabilitation Centre
- French-language programs: Centre de réadaptation en dépendance de Montréal - Institut universitaire
- SMART Recovery "offers an abundance of support options at your disposal to help you fight off addiction and maintain sobriety. SMART Recovery® Quebec offers weekly meetings in the Montreal NDG area open to the public looking for on-going support and help. SMART Recovery is a non-profit organisation and offers its services for free." They also have online access to meetings (for those who can't attend), an online message board, a "tool chest" that contains worksheets and a section with articles and essays.
- Concordia staff and faculty who are eligible for Health Benefits can access the University's Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program (employee sign-in is required on Cspace to access contact information).
- Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines: these guidelines can help you decide if, and how, you drink.
- Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held on several days of the week at different locations around Montreal. Explore the website or call the HelpLine (514-350-3444). Search for meeting location and times (use the map and zoom into your neighborhood to find nearby A.A. meetings).
- The National Institutes of Health's Rethinking Drinking
- How to Prevent Alcohol-Related Problems: A Self-help Booklet [PDF] (modified from the World Health Organization's guide) offers tips and tools to help people who choose to cut down or quit (the booklets seem to print better if you download and open in Adobe Acrobat).
- Self help strategies for cutting down or stopping substance use [PDF]: a workbook from the World Health Organization. For alcohol and other drugs; print and complete the booklet to look at where you are now and how you could make changes.
- Review Health Services' information on what you should know about cannabis
- Gambling: Help and Referral is a telephone service for people who are concerned about their gambling habits and the people around them. It offers information, referral and listening services. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bilingual, confidential, anonymous and free. 514-527-0140
- Montreal Gamblers Anonymous "is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for Gamblers Anonymous membership." There are meetings every day of the week in English and in French.
Exercises for back pain
- 5 back pain stretches video, from WebMD
- 3 key exercises (curl up, side bridge, bird dog) for low back pain (description with images, video) from Dr. Stuart McGill
Exercises to prevent back pain
- Back exercises from Mayo Clinic
Exercises for neck and shoulders
- Stretching exercises for the office, focusing on upper body; from McGill's School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
- A 1 Minute Shoulder Stretches video
- If you have a few more minutes: 4-Minute Neck and Shoulders Stretch at Your Desk video with Yoga teacher Rodney Yee
Resources at Concordia
- The athletic therapy interns at PERFORM's Athletic Therapy Clinic (Loyola campus) can advise you on helpful exercises, at an affordable price.
- Office Ergonomics Manual: A booklet from Concordia's Environmental Health & Safety Office. Includes information about proper computer workstation set up, proper posture, and more.
- Concordia's Environmental Health and Safety offers staff and faculty members an Ergonomics Program that includes an ergonomics assessment.
- Let's Fight Bedbugs from the City of Montreal includes information for tenants as well as the landlord's responsibilities. The information is available in 20 languages.
- Québec's Portail santé mieux-être has information on how to recognise bed bugs and prevent infestation and how to exterminate (get rid of) bed bugs.
- The Mayo Clinic website provides information on concussion that includes symptoms and causes and treatment.
- Return to Play Guidelines [PDF] has information about returning to normal activities, including sports participation.
- Concordia’s PERFORM Center offers Concussion Baseline Testing, where someone at risk for a concussion (e.g., athlete) can have baseline testing done. Should they have a concussion in the future, the baseline information can be helpful for diagnosis and to track recovery.
- Constipation: information on causes, symptoms and constipation management strategies from Medline Plus.
- Increasing fiber in the diet is one lifestyle treatment approach. Learn more about fiber.
- Yakima fruit paste is a "constipation jam" that is served in hospitals and hospices to help patients with their severe constipation. However, you can easily make it at home and get the same benefits.
You can divide this recipe in half if you want, as it makes a large amount. The fruit paste stays fresh in freezer indefinitely.
½ pound (225 grams) prunes
½ pound (225 grams) raisins
½ pound (225 grams) dried figs
½ cup (125 ml) brown sugar (optional; don't use or use less)
2 ounces senna tea leaves or enough tea bags to be close enough (close enough is good enough)
½ cup lemon juice
1. Prepare tea. Use about 1½ cups boiled water added to tea and steep five minutes.
2. Strain tea to remove tea leaves. Add 1 cup of tea to a pan and then add fruit.
3. Boil fruit and tea for five minutes.
4. Remove from heat and add sugar and lemon juice. Allow to cool.
5. Use hand mixer or food processor to stir fruit mixture into smooth paste. Use leftover tea to loosen it up as needed.
6. Place in plastic container and place in freezer (paste will not harden).
7. Spoon out what you require each day.
Dose: 1 to 2 tablespoons per day for a few days while you implement the other constipation management strategies listed above. Enjoy eating fruit paste straight off the spoon, spread it on toast or add hot water and make a drink.
If the fruit paste is not working (no bowel movements), then increase the amount of fruit paste each day.
If the fruit paste induces very loose stools, cut down on the amount of fruit paste intake. Consider taking it every other day.
- The Making Decisions about Birth Control article from the MyHealthMatters lists questions to ask yourself when choosing a birth control method.
If you have missed a dose of your hormonal contraceptive you should consult the package insert for the brand of pills that you are taking.
Stay on Schedule is also a good tool to help decide what the next step is.
Alternatively, you can call Info Santé at 8-1-1 (24/7, free) to speak with a nurse.
Your pharmacist can also assist you.
Emergency contraception refers to measures taken shortly after intercourse to prevent pregnancy. These measures are not to be used as a regular method for contraception; rather they are meant to be used in emergency situations such as condom breakage, missed birth control pills or non-consensual sexual intercourse.
In Canada, two options are available for emergency contraception: Plan B and Ella. Both contain hormones and require a prescription. You can get a prescription at Concordia Health Services and purchase it at any pharmacy. At CLSC Metro (one block from Concordia SGW campus) you can receive Plan B for free with a valid RAMQ card, and for a fee with out-of-province and international student health plans. You can also purchase emergency contraception from a pharmacist: there will be no additional consultation fee for people with a valid RAMQ card, and there will be a small additional cosultation fee for people with out-of-province and international student health plans.
Some of these options are a bit more difficult to access, so we've listed a few sources; these are not the only sources, but a place to start.
- Female condoms can be ordered online from condom specialty shops; this one has free shipping.
- The Sponge and FemCap reusable cervical cap are currently unavailable.
Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) and Natural Family Planning (NFP)
Fertility awareness and natural birth control methods teach the woman to identify the fertile time of her menstrual cycle. The couple can then avoid unprotected vaginal sex during the fertile time.
The sympto-thermal approach, where the woman tracks her temperature and cervical mucus, is considered the most effective of all the natural birth control methods. You need to thoroughly learn the method and practice it correctly in order for it to work the way it was meant to...but this is true of any form of contraception.
Explore this online guide to get a thorough overview; the content was developed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Diabetes Canada has comprehensive information on diabetes including information to understand the different types of diabetes, signs and symptoms, and treatments and medications.
Are you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes?
In many cases, type 2 diabetes can be prevented. It starts with knowing your risks. Complete the Diabetes Canada Risk Questionnaire to identify your level of risk. If you learn that your risk is moderate or high, drop in to see a nurse at Health Services to learn about strategies that can help lower your risk.
- Overview of HPV from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC).
- Information on the FREE HPV Vaccine for men age 26 or under who have sex with men [PDF] (pamphlet from the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec)
- Information on colposcopy (this test may be prescibed by your doctor following an abnormal Pap test result)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Health Center from WebMD
- Information on irritable bowel syndrome from the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation
- Healthy eating guidelines for people with IBS from HealthLink BC. This information is also available in French [PDF], Chinese [PDF], Punjabi [PDF] and Spanish [PDF].
- The Counselling & Psychological Services section of our website has information on how to access mental health services here at Concordia
- For information on promoting good mental health, consult the mental health information in our health topics section
- View our list of mental health resources for links to self-help tools, listening and referral services, as well as treatment services
- How to help a friend who is experiencing a mental health challenge [PDF]
- Health Services nurses can help support you through your pregnancy, from the first pregnancy test to healthy lifestyle counselling
- You do not need a referral to see a midwife or general practitioner for your pregnancy. However, if you want to see an obstetrician-gynecologist you will need a referral from your physician.
- You can also contact Info Santé (dial 8-1-1) for more resources
- Becoing a Parent provides an overview of government programs and services available to new and future parents in Quebec.
- From Tiny Tot to Toddler: A practical guide for parents from pregnancy to age two (PDF) from the Institut national de la santé publique.
- The Sensible Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy from the Government of Canada
- Pregnancy Info: The facts on pregnancy and childbirth from Canada's experts from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
- Overview of STIs from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
- Quick look at common STIs and their symptoms
- 16 ways to prevent getting or spreading a sexually transmitted infection
- Learn how to prevent HIV infection for at-risk, HIV-negative individuals by using Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or for individuals who have been exposed to HIV by using Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Find out where to obtain PrEP and PEP in Montreal.
- Information from Santé Montréal for preventing STIs, getting tested, getting treated, informing partners and more.
- Health Services offers testing for STIs; learn about the procedure for STI testing and more.
- Find off-campus places to get STI testing in Montreal.
- Partner notification: If you have been diagnosed with an STI, inform your current and previous partner(s) so that they can get tested and treated if necessary. You can get some ideas about how to speak to your previous partner(s) in this brochure [PDF]. If you feel uncomfortable contacting a partner, meet with a nurse at Health Services who can inform the Department of Public Health so they can anonymously contact your previous partners. An online partner notification resource for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections is from the Portail VIH/sida du Quebec (this website is in French only).
- Explore the sexual health and safer sex section in the health topics section of our website to learn more about sexually transmitted infections.
- For general information on stress management, consult the stress management pages in the health topics section of our website
- For information specific to exam stress, consult Mastering Exam Anxiety from Athabasca University and the excellent Exam Anxiety Workshop from Concordia University in Edmonton
For information on healthy travel consult the following resources:
- The booklet Well on Your Way: A Canadian’s Guide to Healthy Travel Abroad from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.
- Travel Health Fact Sheets from the Public Health Agency of Canada
- Resources for Travellers from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the US
- Travel vaccine recommendations from the Government of Canada (select the country you will be visiting to determine which vaccines are recommended)
Montreal travel clinics
The Santé Montréal portal lists clinics in Montreal that provide consultation and travel vaccines.
Two of those clinics that we recommend are:
- Information on urinary tract infections from Mayo Clinic.
- You can obtain a prescription to treat a UTI from a doctor, including those at Concordia Health Services. If you've had a UTI treated by a doctor in the past year, your pharmacist may be able to treat you without a return visit to your doctor.
- Do you need help with violence issues at home (physical, mental or emotional)? Contact SOS violence conjugale at 1-800-363-9010 (Montreal area: 514-873-9010). A crisis worker can listen and refer you to appropriate resources. Services are bilingual and available 24/7.
- The bilingual domestic violence website from the Government of Quebec has a lot of good information for people who are experiencing violence, want to help someone who is experiencing violence or simply want to learn more about the issue.
- Concordia's Sexual Assault Resource Centre provides confidential and non-judgmental support and services to Concordia University students, staff and faculty of all genders and orientations who have been affected by sexual violence and/or harassment. The Get Help section provides information for those who have been victims of sexual assault, as well as resources within Concordia and in the community.
- ShelterSafe is an online resource that helps women and their children who are seeking safety from violence and abuse. The clickable map will serve as a quick resource to connect women with the nearest shelter that can offer safety, hope and support.
- If you have experienced sexual abuse or assault call the Sexual Assault Provincial Helpline at 514-933-9007 (Montreal) or 1-888-933-9007 (Quebec wide). The helpline receives your call, finds out what you need and tells you what to do next. With a list of provincial services, they can guide you to the nearest help and protection available. Services are bilingual, confidential and available 24/7.
- Concordia's Sexual Assault Resource Center has information on what to do in case of a sexual assault that includes a variety of Concordia and community resources.