Sexual Health Clinics
Oshawa Sexual Health Clinic
419 King Street West, #180, Oshawa (Oshawa Centre)
Open: Monday to Thursday 8:30am-6:00pm, Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
Pickering Sexual Health Clinic
1355 Kingston Road Pickering, ON (Pickering Town Centre)
Open: Monday-Thursday: 8:30am to 6:00pm, Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Durham Region Health Department
605 Rossland Road East, Whitby, Ontario
Port Perry Sexual Health Clinic
181 Perry Street, Port Perry ON (2nd Floor)
905-985-4891 or 866-845-1868
Open: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am-4:00 pm, Tuesday & Thursday 10:00am- 6:00pm
Teen ‘Dating Bill Of Rights’
I have the right…
- Not to be abused, physically, emotionally, or sexually.
- To be treated with respect.
- To say no and be heard.
- To express my own opinions.
- To private time and my own space.
- To have friends of my own.
- To hear about my strengths and assets.
- To ask others for help if I need it.
- To live a violence-free life.
- To change my mind, to fall out of love, and live with no threats.
- To accept a gift without having to give anything in return.
- To pursue my own special interests-and not be criticized for pursuing them.
- To have my needs considered as much as my partner’s.
Shared from: respect2all.org
- Use of physical force during arguments.
- Verbal abuse.
- Cruelty to animals and/or children.
- Threats of violence.
- Controlling behaviours.
- Constant emails, calls and texting.
- Forced into sexting.
- Isolation from friends, family and school activities.
- Blaming others for problems or feelings.
I Pledge to
Shared from: respect2all.org
- Treat my partner with respect.
- Never hurt my partner physically, verbally, or emotionally.
- Respect my partner’s decisions concerning sex and affection.
- Not be controlling or manipulative in my relationship.
- Accept responsibility for myself and my actions.
Open: Every last Thursday of the month. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Coffee Night in Oshawa begins at 7 pm-9 pm
Our City of Colours
A community based organization that aims to increase the visibility of, and address the issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in a variety of linguistic and cultural communities.
Open Doors Drop-in for LGBT2SQ+
Open: Every Tuesday night from 7 pm – 8:30 pm (Free pizza dinner).
Pride Line Durham
24 Hour Telephone Helpline. Services include LGBT Durham Helpline, Community Contact Call-Out Program, Suicide Survivor Call-Out Program, Resource Centre, Suicide Survivor Support, Homicide Survivor Support, Adolescent Suicide Awareness and Community Training / Education.
306 Brock Street, North, Whitby
Open: Seven days a week from 6 pm-10 pm
For support outside of these hours above contact Distress Centre Durham for a 24 hour helpline at 905-430-2522 or 800-452-0688.
STI’s AIDS/HIV Resources
AIDS Committee of Durham Region
22 King Street West, Oshawa, ON Suite #202
905-576-1445 or 877-361-8750
Open: Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 12:30pm; 1:00pm to 5pm.
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
900 Bay Street, Toronto
Open: Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm.
For more services call Service Ontario at 866-532-3161 from 8:30am-5:00pm.
Your Life Counts
Your Life Counts is a online support, intervention and education for youth. They teach education based on bullies and what you can do, sex, your health, self-image, anger, relationships, suicide prevention and more.
African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS Ontario (ACCHO)
Their goal is to reduce the incidence of HIV among African and Caribbean people in Ontario and to improve the quality of life for those infected and affected by HIV.
20 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON 4th Floor
What is a Healthy Relationship?
In a healthy relationship: (Share from loveisrespect.org)
- You are both open and honest.
- Your partner respects you and your individuality.
- Your partner supports you and your choices even when they disagree with you.
- Both of you have equal say and respectful boundaries.
- Your partner understands that you need to study or hangout with your friends and family.
- You can communicate your feelings without being afraid of negative consequences.
- Both of you feel safe being open and honest with one another.
A good partner is not excessively jealous and does not make you feel guilty when you spend time with family and friends. A good partner also compliments you and encourages you to achieve your goals and does not resent your accomplishments.
In an unhealthy relationship your partner:
- Is inconsiderate, disrespectful or distrustful.
- Doesn’t communicate their feelings.
- Tries to emotionally or financially control you by placing your money in their banking account.
- Keeps you from getting a job or gets you fired.
- Humiliates you on Facebook and other social media, or in front of your friends.
- Threatens to ‘out’ you to your family.
Check out loveisrespect.org/dating-basics
Take the “Am I a good partner Quiz”, learn dating basics, see if your relationship is healthy or go on Live chat that’s available 24/7 just call 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522
Pregnancy and Parenting for Teens
HBHC program helps families during pregnancy and with children from birth to school age entry. To make a referral call the Durham Health Connection Line at (905) 666-6241 or durham.ca/health
3020 Lawrence Avenue, Scarborough, ON.
(416) 438-6348 Ext. 281
40 Humewood Drive, Toronto, ON
Rose of Durham
707 Simcoe St. S, Oshawa, ON.
Open: Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:30pm.
Massey Centre provides housing and supports for young pregnant or parenting women.
1102 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4K 2S5
Durham Region Health Department Perinatal Mood Disorders Support Group
Provides weekly support groups facilitated by a Public Health Nurse. The focus of the group is to facilitate mutual support among women experiencing anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy or in the first year after the birth of the baby (perinatal mood disorder).
To refer call Durham Health Connection Line at (905) 666-6241 or 1(800)841-2729
This site has a variety of information for parents in providing quality care, proper nutrition, immunizations, injury prevention and your baby’s overall health and more.
Breastfeeding vs formula: As an expecting mother one of your first major decisions is to decide whether you will breast feed or bottle feed. Below you will find information on which method will work best for you.
Newborn essentials: Newborn Checklist
Durham Region parent programs: informdurham.com/record/AJP0894
Coping with grief and loss
5 Stages of Grief (Kubler-Ross Grief Cycle)
Dealing with divorce and separation in the family:
How to talk about your feelings: Bottling up your emotions is not healthy for anyone, especially when dealing with devastating situations. It is important to know how to be able to talk about your feelings in order to start the healing process.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Are you looking to quit smoking? Do you have personal questions about the changes in your body but are too embarrassed to ask? Here you will find answers to these questions, as well as how you can maintain your health and well being.
Search the Heart and Stroke Foundation website, where you can find; Recipes, quizzes, stroke awareness, benefits of eating healthy, etc)
Eat Right Ontario website, where you can find; Budget-friendly menus, tips for grocery shopping, healthy eating advice, and you can speak with a registered dietician.
Durham Health Connection Line (Speak to a public health nurse)
1(800) 841- 2729
To test your knowledge on healthy eating, TAKE A QUIZ:
Stop being a couch potato! Get up and get moving! Being active has so many benefits for your overall health, quality of life and well-being. Active people are more productive throughout the day and are less prone to illness’.
Here are some active ideas to help you get moving (source: Public Health Agency of Canada):
- Walk, run or bike instead of getting a ride.
- Do something you enjoy – run, swim, skateboard, snowboard, ski, skate, toboggan.
- Check out yoga, zumba or aerobics classes.
- Try indoor rock climbing or kick a ball around.
- Take the dog for a walk.
- Dance to your favourite music.
- Rake the leaves, shovel snow, carry the groceries home.
- Join a team at your school.
- Choose activities you like or be creative and try something new.
- Set physical activity goals with your friends and family.
- Reduce your amount of time watching t.v. or playing on your gaming system.
Benefits of Physical Activity:
**Combine regular physical activity with a well-balanced diet, in order to achieve a healthy and happy YOU!**
Are you aware of the effects smoking has on your body? Looking for some tips to help you quit? Read below and click on the links to gain further information.
Ten Tips On How To Quit Smoking
- Admit you have an addiction.
- Ask for help.
- Talk to your doctor.
- See a therapist/hypnotist.
- Make a plan.
- Avoid temptation.
- Set rewards.
- Delay and walk away.
- Get physical.
- Jump online.
Smoker’s Helpline: smokershelpline.ca
Speak to a quit coach directly who can develop a quitting plan for you: 1(877) 513-5333
Is your body going through some changes and you have no idea why. Not to worry, these changes are a normal stage of getting older. Even though this is a natural life process, you may still have a lot of questions or concerns about what you are going through and what to expect. The links below will help answer your questions and help explain what changes your body is going through.
General Questions/ Concerns:
Puberty Information for Girls:
Puberty Information for Boys:
- (Site for boys aged 11-16) science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/life/human-biology/male-puberty2.htm
Ask questions to a doctor online, if you have any further questions or concerns, try talking to your worker, caregiver or make an appointment with your family doctor.
Caring for your teeth is very important to help prevent plaque and bacteria from developing. Brushing your teeth regularly helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease, which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.
Research has shown that gum disease has also been linked to heart attacks and strokes. Brushing your teeth on a daily basis, and getting rid of plaque helps prevent bad breath. Let’s face it, nobody likes talking to someone with bad breath so get brushing and don’t forget about flossing. Flossing works alongside of brushing, because it can get between the tight areas between your gums, removing any excess plaque that has accumulated.
Although nobody really likes to visit the doctor, an annual check-up is usually recommended. Even if you are in good health, seeing your doctor once a year can be very important in maintaining your health. Whether you have a cough, cold, ache, pain, irritation or if you just need someone to talk to, your doctor is the person to see. Click one of the links below to find a doctor near you and make an appointment to keep your health in good standing.
Telehealth for free access to a registered nurse