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Celebrities & Kidney Failure

Celebrities & Kidney Failure

It’s common in the film industry to see celebrities – actors, writers, directors – as superhuman. The glitz and glamor of the job leads the world to see them as impervious to the illnesses and diseases that affect the the rest of us. Often, privacy is paramount while trying to maintain the image of perfection or invulnerability, usually to avoid financial fallout. But the truth is that, just like everyone else, they’re vulnerable – and this isn’t a bad thing. Downplaying illness to the public, however, is a harmful precedent to set. In early 2000, Steven...
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The Mental Health Effects of Kidney Failure

The Mental Health Effects of Kidney Failure

Those of us who are living with a chronic disease, or who have a loved one who is affected, know the toll that associated stresses can take on our lives. Physical health does not exist in a vacuum. Our mental and emotional health are inextricably linked to our body’s well-being, and dealing with depression and anxiety can be one of the most difficult parts of coping with a chronic condition. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects one in ten people living in Canada. At least 15,000 people in Ontario have advanced CKD, and an additional 11,000 Ontarians have end-stage renal...
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Addiction & Mental Health Resources in British Columbia

Addiction & Mental Health Resources in British Columbia

Mental illness can feel isolating. However, the experience is much more common than many Canadians realize. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, approximately 20 percent of the population will have a mental health problem in any given year, while eight percent of adults will experience depression and a full half of the population will have had some kind of mental health issue by the age of 40. Thankfully, there are plenty of services in British Columbia that exist to help those struggling with mental health. That’s why Share lawyers has put together a list...
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Housing Resources in British Columbia

Housing Resources in British Columbia

Choosing a place to live is one of the most important decisions that many of us will make in our lives. That’s also what makes it so difficult. Whether you’re buying, renting, or are somewhere in between, having a roof over your head is essential, and it can be tough to navigate the web of rules and regulations around the housing market. With that in mind, Share Lawyers has put together a list of housing resources for those who live in British Columbia.   British Columbia Housing Resources Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation: 1-800-668-2642 The CMHC is a national...
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Legal Services in British Columbia

Legal Services in British Columbia

Since 1987, Share Lawyers has settled hundreds of cases against insurance companies on behalf of individuals with illnesses, injuries, or long-term disabilities. As one of the leaders in such claims, we take great pride in our track record serving the needs of the community. However, there are many aspects of the law that fall outside our particular area of expertise. At the same time, we still want to make sure that everyone has access to reliable and affordable legal assistance, which is why Share Lawyers has put together a list of legal resources available to people in...
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Community Services in British Columbia

Community Services in British Columbia

From Vancouver to Prince George, everyone is part of a community. There are many organizations that keep the community strong by working to help those in need. With that in mind, Share Lawyers has put together a list of neighbourhood resources and services that are available to people in British Columbia.   British Columbia Community Services British Columbia 211: 2-1-1 BC 211 is a non-emergency 24-hour helpline that can provide assistance with a number of different topics, including local government and social services. They also operate helplines for those...
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Resources for Newcomer Services in British Columbia

Resources for Newcomer Services in British Columbia

British Columbia is one of the most diverse and multicultural provinces in Canada, with a large immigrant population from around the world. No matter where you come from, it can be tough making the transition to a new place. That’s why Share Lawyers has put together a list of resources that are there to help newcomers to British Columbia.   British Columbia Newcomer Services WelcomeBC: (250) 952-6914 or 1-877-952-6914 (Toll Free) BC Provincial Nominee Program: (604) 775-2227 (Voicemail Line) WelcomeBC provides a wealth of resources and information for anyone looking...
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Resources for Senior Citizens in British Columbia

Resources for Senior Citizens in British Columbia

According to the government of British Columbia, there will be more than 1.3 million senior citizens in the province by the year 2031. That number represents roughly a quarter of the population, making it vital to ensure that BC’s senior citizens are receiving adequate care. Many people are already committing significant time to the care of an elder relative. However, no one can do everything alone. Share Lawyers has put together a list of programs and services that are in place to fulfill the specific needs of British Columbia’s senior citizens. Regardless of age, don’t...