call for collaboration
DO YOU BELIEVE IN A HARM REDUCTION APPROACH TO SERVICE?
We certainly do. We believe a harm reduction approach to service supports meeting individuals where they are at, reduces stigma, and ultimately creates a safer community for us all. We also believe it can lead to recovery.
We are always seeking to connect with others who also resonate with harm reduction and are keen to make it mainstream in our society.
Building community unity with a shared vision of harm reduction can lead to positive outcomes for everyone involved; however, it is a gradual process that requires commitment, understanding, and collaboration.
We propose several steps to move the needle and they are outlined below.
STEPS TO PROMOTE HARM REDUCTION together
Foster open dialogue about harm reduction and engagement within the community. Encourage residents and businesses to participate in community meetings, events, and forums to discuss shared goals and concerns.
Raise awareness about harm reduction principles and the benefits they bring to the community. Host workshops, seminars, or information sessions to educate businesses and individuals about the harm reduction approach.
Identify common objectives and projects that promote harm reduction and benefit the community. This could involve clean-up initiatives, health services, or harm reduction programs. Collaborative efforts can build trust and unity.
Facilitate connections among organizations that share the harm reduction mindset. Encourage partnerships, alliances, and collaborations to address common issues and goals. Establish effective communication channels to keep everyone informed and engaged.
Develop a unified voice for advocating harm reduction policies or services at the local, regional, or national level. Encourage businesses and individuals to support policies that align with harm reduction principles.
Ensure that all community members, including marginalized groups, have a seat at the table and are actively involved in decision-making processes. Inclusivity promotes a sense of unity.
Address conflicts and disagreements about harm reduction constructively. Create mechanisms for resolving disputes and disagreements within the community to prevent division.
Identify and celebrate community leaders and businesses that exemplify the harm reduction mindset. These role models can inspire others to join in the effort.
Recognize and celebrate the successes and contributions of businesses and individuals that support harm reduction in the community. Positive reinforcement can encourage more involvement.