Spring Newsletter

CHEO-Rideauwood Pilot Project Takes Flight

As of January, CHEO patients and staff have access to an on-site addictions counsellor from Rideauwood. From training hospital staff on substance use issues and available resources, to following up with patients discharged after having been admitted because of a drug overdose – the project has the potential to have a major impact on the health and well-being of youth and their families.

“Rideauwood counsellors are addictions treatment specialists, which is what CHEO had been looking for,” explains Colleen Macphee, Rideauwood’s Director of Addiction and Mental Health. “It’s wonderful when leading organizations like Rideauwood and CHEO combine their expertise to better serve the community.”


Step into Spring with Rideauwood

If you enjoy walking or running, Rideauwood’s upcoming event may be for you!

For many Rideauwood clients, exercising regularly is a way of supporting their recovery. It’s a great way to feel better, boost your health and have fun. You can make it even more meaningful too.

This May, you can walk or run to support people struggling with substance use, behavioural addictions and related mental health issues by joining Run for Rideauwood at Virtual Tamarack Race Weekend. Join the Rideauwood team or create your own team with your friends, family or colleagues.

Click here to sign up for a 2km, 5km, 10km, half marathon or marathon race or click here to donate.

Interested in participating, but new to fundraising? Click here to learn more about fundraising for a cause that is important to you or contact Catini at 613-724-4881 x 210 or cstpierre@rideauwood.org.


It’s Official – Quality Care for You, Your Family and Your Community

In December, Accreditation Canada granted Rideauwood Accreditation Primer status.

Accreditation Canada is a well-respected, non-profit organization that sets high standards for quality and safety in healthcare. To receive the Primer Award, Rideauwood first had to pass a rigorous two-stage process that thoroughly examined every aspect of the organization. The evaluation also included a team from Accreditation Canada interviewing clients and families.

Rideauwood is now the first non-residential, independent, substance use and addiction treatment and support agency in Ottawa to be granted Accreditation Primer status.

“This is an important accomplishment for Rideauwood,” says Johanne Levesque, Executive Director of Rideauwood. “We’re excited to be joining other health care leaders who are raising the bar for safe, quality care.”


Are You and Your Phone Too Close?

Rideauwood school-based counsellors educate students from grades seven to twelve on a variety of topics related to substance use, addictions and related mental health issues. Counsellors show and discuss the 5-minute video It’s not you. Phones are designed to be addicting in their program that addresses problematic screen use which can lead to technology addiction.

If you are concerned about technology addiction – either your own or that of someone you care about – reach out using the contact information below.




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