Your health and safety are very important, but sometimes we can get so busy that we forget to take care of ourselves. In fact, many people ignore the early warning signs of an illness and go to the emergency room only when their situation becomes very serious. As a Canadian citizen, you have a right to access proper health care under the Canadian Health Act. Although health care is free, it’s important to remember that keeping an eye on our routine and changes in our body is also an important part of staying healthy.
- Well over 50% of Canadians have access to a doctor;
- Men are less likely to see their doctors than women, and are therefore less likely to detect illnesses like cancer until it is too late (Statistics Canada);
- Youth aged 15-24 are most likely to suffer from certain mental disorders (major depression, mania disorder, panic disorder, social phobia and agoraphobia) or substance dependence problems. Only about 32% of those suffering with mental disorders or substance dependencies see or talk to a health professional (Statistics Canada).
Mental Health is an important part of your overall health. A mental illness can have an effect on every part of your life. A mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thoughts or behaviours. These disturbances make you unable to cope with everyday life. Having a mental illness isn’t something to be ashamed of; there are treatments available that can help you feel better.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that people get through sexual contact, including sexual intercourse. STIs are transmitted from person to person by exchanging semen, blood or other bodily fluids or by direct sexual contact. Another name for STIs is venereal diseases, although this term is not commonly used.
By adopting safe practices on a daily basis, you can live a long and healthy life. This section of the Knowzone illustrates safety tips to avoid unnecessary and preventable accidents. This section also highlights key elements in the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) act that could be useful – it’s good to know and understand your rights and responsibilities as a youth!