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Key Note & Panel Discussion: Harm Reduction

Key Note & Panel Discussion: Harm Reduction

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Threshold Housing Society is hosting a key note and panel discussion on harm reduction for youth.

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Is harm reduction the gateway to recovery?

Join Threshold for a livestreamed conversation on harm reduction for youth with Guy Felicella, B.C's Representative for Children and Youth Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth, Dr. Bernie Pauly, and more.

On June 16th, 2022, Threshold Housing society is hosting a keynote speaking event and panel discussion. We have invited experts, people with lived experience, and researchers to help share knowledge, reduce stigma, and inform discourse on youth harm reduction practices. The goal of the event is to highlight harm reduction as a strategy to save lives and enable progress toward healing and recovery.

Harm reduction is an approach or strategy aimed at reducing the risks and harmful effects associated with substance use for the individual, the community and society as a whole. It is deemed a realistic, pragmatic, humane and successful approach to addressing issues of substance use. Such interventions aim to heal the person as a whole. Different people need different supports and solutions. The key here is to work with a person where they are at, and to give them choices and options.

Rather than just addressing problematic substance use on its own, treatment interventions also need to address other challenges that may have either led to or arisen from the use of substances. In thinking about addressing problematic substance use and addictions, it is also important to consider and address broader structural factors that underlie and produce harms.

Threshold Housing Society has been providing housing and supports to at-risk youth ages 15 – 24 in Greater Victoria for the past 31 years. Our mandate is to house vulnerable youth who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness, and to augment the experience of being safely housed with innovative programming, individualized case management, and increasing connections to community-based supports.

The Threshold Housing Supportive Recovery Housing Program features an inter-disciplinary team, providing 24/7 support to youth through a robust recovery-oriented program, all within a safe home environment. This program prioritizes recovery and healing from trauma, learning life and coping skills, and re-connection with family and natural supports, all through a holistic and harm reduction approach.

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