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December 15, 2010

Keep health top of mind through the holidays

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority reminds Winnipeggers that though the holidays are a happy time, this time of year can also be a stressful and difficult time for health.

The Winnipeg Health Region takes on average 450 to 500 mental health crisis calls biweekly during the holiday season, Winnipeg Emergency Departments see increased numbers of individuals for influenza-type symptoms during the month of December, and Health Links - Info Santé generally receive 11 per cent more calls on a variety of health issues between Christmas and New Years than in the weeks leading up.

Taking care of your health is one of the most important gifts you can offer yourself and those you care about. If you or someone you know struggles to cope with the pressures of the season or has a health concern during the holidays, there are several ways to get support and useful health information:

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Services

If in crisis, mental health professionals from the Mobile Crisis Service are available 24/7 by calling 940-1781.

Health Links - Info Santé

Nurses are available by phone to provide advice regarding symptoms of influenza, food borne illness, frostbite and any other health-related questions you may have. Call 788-8200.

Urgent Care

For health concerns that require urgent care but are not a life-threatening emergency, visit Urgent Care at Misericordia Health Centre (99 Cornish Avenue). Urgent Care is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Minor Injury Clinic

For minor injuries that still require urgent care, such as broken bones, torn ligaments, sprains, cuts and bruises, visit the Pan Am Minor Injury Clinic (75 Poseidon Bay). For holiday hours of operation, visit www.panamclinic.org.

Current Health News

Information about current health issues in Winnipeg is available on the main page of www.wrha.mb.ca.

"Gifts of Health for the Holidays" Video Series

In preparation for the holiday season, the Winnipeg Health Region has an exclusive video series called "Gifts of Health for the Holidays," made in partnership with Shaw TV. Local health experts offer simple yet useful tips on how to keep your family and friends safe from many holiday health hazards, such as childproofing during festive activities, preventing food poisoning, and avoiding frostbite and other weather-related injuries. Click here to access the video series.

For more information, contact:

Kathryn McBurney
Media Relations Specialist
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Tele: (204) 926-7868
Cell: (204) 782-2898

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