My Tool Box : MUHC Chronic Disease and Chronic Pain Self-Management Programs

Registration is now open for the Fall session of the highly successful My Tool Box program. This evidence-based program (Stanford model) is comprised of 6 weekly workshops that provide information, guidance, coping strategies and techniques to help people assume greater control, better manage their conditions and symptoms, work more effectively with health care professionals, and improve their health and health-related quality of life. 

The program is intended for adults and caregivers experiencing a wide range of chronic conditions including: Chronic Lung and Heart Diseases, Chronic pain, Cancer, Kidney Disease, Neurological conditions, Autoimmune disorders, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Diabetes. Workshops are scripted and highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. More than 2000 people have registered for the program since its inception in 2007. Workshops in French and English are offered at various times and locations: mornings, afternoons, and evenings, and are free of charge. 

The program covers the following topics: 

  • How to locate reliable resources 
  • Understanding and managing common symptoms 
  • Techniques to deal with depression, frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation 
  • Appropriate use of medications 
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health care professionals 
  • Healthy eating, weight, and sleep management 
  • Decision making, including how to evaluate new treatments 
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance

For more information or to register on-line please visit our website at [email protected] or contact the program coordinator Hayley Camille Morgan at 514-934-1934 ext 71585.