Physical Resources

General Physical Health

  • Positive Coping with Health Conditions. This self-care guide explains in a step-by-step way a series of "positive coping" skills, based on research, that will help you to make positive changes in exercise and diet. One particular section, ‘Applying the Positive Coping Skills’ (pg 96), focuses on improving physical QoL. http://www.carmha.ca/pchc/  
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  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). Wellness Tracker. Free online wellness tracking tool designed to help you better recognize your own mood triggers and potential health problems. Simple and takes only a few minutes a day. http://www.facingus.org/tour/tracker
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Exercise

  • Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines: Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines. This booklet offers the dos and don’ts for physical activities across all age ranges. It includes real-life examples of physical activity schedules and blank logs you can use to record your daily activities throughout the week. http://www.csep.ca/CMFiles/Guidelines/CSEP_Guidelines_Handbook.pdf
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Diet & Nutrition

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  • Food and Mood. This website, developed by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, gives sound advice regarding a balanced diet. It stresses the importance of keeping track of the effect of diet changes on your mood and on getting medical advice before trying nutritional supplements or dramatic changes in diet. http://www.dbsalliance.org/pdfs/foodmoode2.pdf
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Substance Use 

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  • Substance Use. This website provides an overview of substance use and addiction. It includes information on types of substances, stages of substance use, how different substances work, prenatal alcohol exposure, and concurrent disorders. http://keltymentalhealth.ca/substance-use
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  • A great one-stop-shop for anyone wanting to quit smoking. This website contains links to texting programs, articles, helpful apps, advice on Nicotine replacement therapy, and the tools to build your personalized quit plans. https://smokefree.gov/
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  • British Columbia Smoking Cessation. Quitting Resources. Thorough site that supports with quitting, starting with surviving the “quit day”, and moving on to help conquer cravings and control personal environment for the longer term. Home of the Nicotine Replacement Program that provides free nicotine replacement for residents of Canada residing in British Columbia. http://www.quitnow.ca/tools-and-resources/quitting-resources.php
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  • SMART Recovery (Self-Management And Recovery Training). Offers self- help information based on CBT, REBT and motivational interviewing. Online support groups, free PDF worksheets and for a small fee you can order their recovery book. http://www.smartrecovery.org/
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Sexual Health

  • Options for Sexual Health: Sexuality. This organisation’s site discusses sexuality and the way we behave sexually as a broad, rich and complex area of human experience. Includes information on decision making, consent, safety, sensuality and talking about sex. 
    https://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/sexual-health/sexuality
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  • A resource on sexual health for teens and young adults. The website offers information on gender, sexual identity, sexuality, sexual health, abuse, and pregnancy, as well as advice columns, message boards, and confidential chat and sms services. http://www.scarleteen.com/
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  • Sexual consent is a two-way exchange: it's an ongoing process of giving and getting permission. A lack of understanding about consent can be a contributing factor for unwanted sexual activity and assault. This website breaks down the fundamentals in a straight-forward manner. www.getconsent.ca 
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  • Thorough downloadable package on how sexuality can be affected by symptoms of mental health conditions, including symptoms like hypo- and hyper-sexuality. It includes a concise discussion of symptoms, medications, and sexuality, as well as frankly talks about sexuality and relationships in general. http://mhcc.org.au/media/6990/my-sexual-health-matters-nsw-mhcc.pdf
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  • Michalos, A.C. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research: Mood Disorders and Sexuality. Heather Armstrong and Erin Michalak speak to the relationship between mood disorders and sexual quality of life. Self-management strategies may help people with bipolar disorder to diminish the condition’s impact on sexual health and wellbeing. http://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_3925
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