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Crisis Matters Substance Use

Crisis Matters is where to go if something is off and you need to do something - soon. Inside you’ll find resources and contacts in case you or somebody you know is dealing with depression, serious illness, abuse, substance misuse, or burnout. Remember, you don’t need to be certain that any of these are happening before you can find help; become informed and try to start the conversation early so things don’t escalate any further than they might have already. However, Vitals can only help you access these services, it cannot help you deal with crisis or emergency by itself. *If you or somebody you know feels unsafe or needs help right now – call 911!


Suggestions

Use of alcohol and other substances is not a rarity in medical professionals and it can be very harmful to the health and careers of both experienced and aspiring physicians. In order to avoid both short-term and long-term risks of alcohol, there are guidelines for defining acceptable use and recommendations for decreasing the likelihood of negative consequences. If you think you or someone you know might be struggling with alcohol, there are a number of screening tools available. Confidential services are also available through the Drugs and Alcohol Registry of Treatment and ConnexOntario, which offer support and connections to personal resources in London and Windsor.

Resources

Self-assessment tools:

Substance Use Resources:

  • Learner Equity & Wellness Office – Connect you with resources or referrals to help with issues of substance use.  Rm. K1 Kresge (London), Rm. 2124A MEB (Windsor): Learner Equity & Wellness
  • Student Health ServicesHealth Services (London)
  • Western University – Health & Wellness Alcohol and Drugs Resource provides information about drug and alcohol use. Check your Drinking Survey
  • UWindsor provides resources at their website: Responsible Drinking
  • Middlesex-London Health UnitReducing risks, Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines, Binge Drinking
  • Addiction Services of Thames Valley – Personnel are able to provide screening, assessments and development of treatment plans for addiction. What is Substance Abuse?
  • ConnexOntario Drug & Alcohol Helpline – Self-assessment tools for alcohol and substance abuse, frequently asked questions, information about services in your area, as well as confidential online chat, email and telephone support.  Drug & Alcohol Helpline
  • Drugs and Alcohol Registry of Treatment – Free anonymous service with information about resources in your community for yourself or others.  Province wide information and referral service. DART
  • ePhysicianHealth.com – Online resources with modules addressing many issues pertinent to medical students including substance use disorders. ePhysicianHealth

Contacts

  • Student Health Services – 519-661-3030 (x 83030 from a campus phone)
  • Addiction Services of Thames Valley – 519-673-3242
  • ConnexOntario Drug & Alcohol Helpline – 800-565-8603
  • Drugs and Alcohol Registry of Treatment (24 hrs) – 800-565-8603
  • Learner Equity & Wellness Office – 519-661-4234 (x84234)  equity.wellness@schulich.uwo.ca  (London).   519-253-3000 (x4302) (Windsor)
  • Good2Talk – Free, professional and anonymous support for students in Ontario. 1-866-925-5454
  • Physician Health Program – Dr. Michael Kaufmann is available to all medical students for confidential counselling and help for alcohol and drug problems, and will provide referrals for other mental health issues.  1-800-851-6606 or email: michael.kaufmann@oma.org.  Can also connect you with case managers to assist with concerns about your own, a family member’s or a college’s wellbeing.