For Patients

Seven of the Most Common Myths about Organ Donation Debunked – National Post

US National Kidney Foundation – invaluable resource about kidney transplantation and live kidney donation for patients with kidney disease and also for potential live kidney donors.

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Everything you can do yourself to slow your kidney disease by Per Ake Zillen

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Everything you can do yourself for a Kidney Transplant

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“A community of nephrology and mental health clinicians committed to understanding and helping patients cope with the psychosocial impact of chronic kidney disease”

Gavril Hercz MD
Nephrologist, Humber River Hospital (Toronto, Canada)
Member, Canadian Psychoanalytic Society

The Kidney Foundation of Canada

The Kidney Foundation of Canada is people working together for a common cause. We are volunteers, individuals living with kidney disease, donors, and staff members — from all walks of life, all across Canada.

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends.

TranQool is a Toronto based company that makes feeling better simple by providing you with quick, seamless and cost effective access to high quality therapy.

Can writing about pain and secret feelings really help boost your body’s immune system? BBC Future investigates.

A web-based programme encouraging people to wash their hands more frequently could reduce the risk of catching and passing on infections, a study suggests.

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Bob Maunder & Jon Hunter Love, Fear & Health: How Our Attachments to Others Shape Health and Health Care

 

 

 

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This is a partial list of information resources. Please call the Mental Health Helpline at 1-866-531-2600 for more information.

 

 

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Dialectical behavior therapy, developed by Marsha Linehan, is extraordinarily effective at helping people manage overwhelming emotions. Research shows that dialectical behavior therapy strengthens a person’s ability to handle distress without losing control or acting destructively.

 

 

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Learn what is insomnia and how to use cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to quiet your mind at night with Dr. Christine Korol.

 

 

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DocMikeEvans follows up his viral health video “23 and 1/2 Hours” with this informative and practical video on managing stress. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.

 

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Williams LifeSkills provides tailored training workshops and consulting designed to address key issues affecting us in the workplace and at home and hands-on training designed to provide people with the skills they need – the emotional intelligence, as author Dan Goleman describes it – to lead healthier, happier lives at work and at home.

 

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Here is an online version of the anxiety groups Dr. Korol has taught at various hospitals and workshops. Clients seeing a therapist at Vancouver Anxiety and Stress Centre can watch the videos, practice the concepts and receive ongoing feedback and coaching in the techniques in their therapy sessions. 

 

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We’ve all heard about the crisis in organ donation. Even in the wealthiest countries, we lose many patients who could be saved with transplants. In Canada, one in four on the lung waitlist die waiting. Over 4,500 Canadians are waiting for kidneys – every day, four of them die.

-CBC Nature of Things – Vital Bonds

 

Connect with nature

The Japanese art of (not) sleeping

Practicing mindfulness is one of the single most powerful things you can do for your wellbeing.

Visit http://www.happify.com for guided meditations and other mindfulness-building activities designed by experts.

 

Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment.