Health & Wellness

St. Mark’s Health and Wellness Ministry team loves their congregation by working to educate them about the link between faith and health.  The team strives to provide health promotion and educational activities that address the needs of the whole person: body, mind and spirit.



The Health and Wellness Ministry hosted an online webinar entitled “Blood Clots: What you Need to Know” Wednesday, March 10, 2021. The presenter was Dr Eric Tseng, a hematologist at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.

In Canada, both Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) – known together as venous thromboembolism (VTE) – are serious medical conditions and are potentially life threatening.  Thrombosis is a major public health problem, affecting about 100,000 Canadians and causing 10,000 deaths each year.  Blood clots are the cause of the top three cardiovascular killers in Canada, including heart attack, stroke and VTE.  Annually, VTE causes more deaths in Canada than breast cancer, HIV and motor vehicle accidents combined.

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Monthly Health Tip: Mental Health

The Health Promotion bulletin board in the upper hall offers a look into various topics promoting health for men, women and children of all ages. In place of visiting St. Mark’s, please find below Mental Health- Lets Break The Stigma

What can you do to better your mental health? 

  • Value yourself
  • Take care of your body- eat nutritious foods, get enough sleep, and try to be active everyday
  • Surround yourself with good people
  • Write down things you are grateful for
  • Set realistic goals
  • Limit alcohol and drugs
  • Take a break- when you can, it is important to take a step back to relax
  • Get help when you need it
  • Try something new

There are lots of things we can do to improve our mental health.

Mental Health varies from person to person, what one person finds comforting another may not. Do what makes you happy and what makes you feel good. Try everyday to do something that makes you laugh. It is also important to know when you need help. When you need help do not be afraid to ask, there are many people you can talk to and you have to reach out.

Read below for information on crisis hotlines available in Ontario:

Distress Centres/Crisis Lines: If you are facing Mental Health Emergency, you can contact 911, or go to your nearest hospital.

Mental Health Helpline: For community information and they have a chat line that you can talk to someone to get information:

ConnexOntario: Provide free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with gambling, alcohol/drugs and mental health.

Kids Help Phone: If you are a child or teen and need support, you can go to Kids Help Phone 1 800 668 6868 (voice) or chat online at

Assaulted Women’s Helpline:

TTY: 416.364.8762 & TTY Toll free: 1.866.863.7868

Phone: GTA- 416.863.0511 & toll free: 1.866.863.0511


Here is the list of Durham Region help lines:

In an emergency call 911.

Distress Centre Durham Crisis Line– Available 24 hours & 7 days per week: Phone: 905-430-2522 and Toll-Free: 1-800-452-0688

Durham Mental Health Service (DMHS)–  24 hours & 7 days per week: Crisis service, crisis beds, mental health beds, mobile crisis team

TTY: 1-866-620-3490

Phone: 905-666-0483 and Toll-Free: 1-800-742-1890

519 Brock St. South, Whitby, ON, L1N 4K8

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences: Toll free Crisis phone: 1-800-263-2679

For a healthy Body, Mind and Spirit…..

Prayer is our intimate conversation with God. We can come to God with our concerns for family, friends and for ourselves. We can offer thanks for answered prayer.  The Prayer Chain is a committed group of people who pray on our behalf. There are Prayer Concern cards in the pews for you to write your request. St. Mark’s has a Prayer Box in which to place your concerns and your prayer request card. The prayer box is brought forward each week during the  Prayers of the People and placed on the Communion Table.  Your requests are important to us and will be kept confidential.  Please contact the office to add a name to the prayer list.

~Pray without ceasing

~PUSH – pray until something happens


For a healthy Body, Mind and Spirit…..

If you feel threatened, call 911!

A mental health crisis may be frightening to those near the individual in crisis. There may be many factors that have resulted in the present crisis. Aggressive behaviour is often an attempt to keep people away so that the individual can feel safe.  Safety of the individual and those in the vicinity is imperative.  Remain calm, be respectful and courteous; speak quietly and clearly.  Ask questions slowly and quietly, one question at a time. Wait patiently for an answer, avoid interrupting or correcting. Repeat questions clearly to gain better understanding.  Decrease distractions: loud noises and bright lights may escalate behaviour.  Be an ally: “how can I help you?” or “I am here to help you.”  Allow as much space as is possible, avoid getting too close or blocking an exit.


St. Mark’s Health and Wellness committee also offers educational opportunities……..

CPR/AED Training

CPR/AED re-certification training is available at St. Mark’s annually in the spring.

Spring 2021 Training Date: tba

Please contact to attend this training course.  All are welcome.