harm reduction 101
Understanding How Harm Reduction Works
Harm reduction can be used as an umbrella term for programs, policies and practices that aim to reduce the negative consequences associated with behaviors that are typically considered high risk. It involves a range of non-judgmental approaches and strategies aimed at providing and enhancing the knowledge, skills, resources and supports for individuals, their families and communities. Harm reduction empowers people to make informed decisions to be safer and healthier in any way small or big. Therefore, meeting people where they are at rather than suggesting people completely stop a harmful activity by using abstinence.
Harm reduction is used in many areas of public health and safety. For example, laws requiring seat belt use that reduces harm caused by car accidents. Safe sex campaigns are also a form of Harm Reduction in our community, however the most well known area is in reducing the harm associated with substance use. Indigo promotes harm reduction strategies to the harmful risks that can be associated within the festival and night life environment.
Do you call a cab or have a DD when you have been drinking alcohol?
Congratulations you are reducing harm!