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  1. Learn About Medications

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    Medications are drugs manufactured to help people deal with a range of health issues. Some medications are psychoactive (mind altering) while others are not. ...

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  2. Learn About Tobacco

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    Tobacco is a plant that contains nicotine, a psychoactive (mind altering) drug that speeds up activity in our central nervous system but has relaxing effects too. ...

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  3. Plainer Language Series

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      These booklets are written in plain, clear language to help anyone learn more about mental health and mental illness. Each booklet is recorded, so you can listen along while you read. ...

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  4. Stigma and Discrimination Around Mental Health and Substance Use Problems

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    About one in five people—over six and a half million Canadians—experience a mental disorder or substance use problem in their lifetime. Unfortunately, many people don’t ask for help because they feel ashamed or scared. People may judge them and treat them ...

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  5. Getting Help for Mental Illnesses

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      English PDF | Other Languages | More Fact Sheets IMAGINE THIS: One day, you develop a nagging cough, or get sharp back pain. Most of us wait a few days to see if things get worse or improve, then we might do some research on things we can do at home. We ...

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  6. Mental Illnesses

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      English PDF | Other Languages | More Fact Sheets Next time you’re in line at the supermarket or at a bus stop, look around you. How many people do you see? Five? 10? What if we told you that of those 10 people, two have or will have a mental illness? Do ...

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  7. Supporting a Friend or Family Member with a Mental Illness

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      English PDF | Other Languages | More Fact Sheets It can be scary when someone you love is sick. It can be especially scary if they’re diagnosed with a mental illness. It’s hard to see someone you love in pain and it’s confusing when someone you know wel ...

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  8. Learn About Cocaine

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    Cocaine is a psychoactive (mind-altering) drug that affects how we think and behave. It is a stimulant that speeds up our breathing, heart rate, thoughts and actions. ...

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  9. Evaluating Mental Health and Substance Use Information

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      English PDF | Other Languages | More Info Sheets With all of the information coming at us these days, it can be hard to filter out what is good information and what information isn’t so good. This is especially true when it comes to information about me ...

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  10. Helping People who Use Substances: A health promotion perspective

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    All psychoactive or “mind-altering” substances, from caffeine to heroin, involve some risk. For thousands of years, people have been using these substances for their benefits, but the risk of experiencing short- or long-term harms is always there. ...

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