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Harm reduction workshops help you take control of your health, judgment free

Learn about naloxone, harm reduction and coping strategies for stress

January 24, 2022 — 

The University of Manitoba’s Health and Wellness Office is offering three free harm reduction workshops in February, starting with a session on responding to opioid overdoses on February 1.

Harm reduction models of care accept and understand that certain activities take place in our society and work to reduce the potential harm that can result from those activities. Often harm reduction is applied to substance use and sex, but it can be applied to other topics as well. A harm reduction approach is key to the Health and Wellness Office’s work.

“We are here to help you take control of your own health and make your own decisions—judgment free,” says Bryanna Barker, a registered psychiatric nurse who is the health and wellness educator for the unit. “Students often juggle multiple demands, and we recognize that it can be difficult to find balance. The Health and Wellness Office provides health promotion strategies to help you find this balance and move forward in whichever way you choose in your health and wellness journey.”

Here are the details of the upcoming workshops:

For staff, faculty and students:

Overdose Recognition and Response Training

Presented by the Health and Wellness Office
February 1
5pm-6:00pm on Zoom

Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a basic understanding of what naloxone is, how it works and how you can go about accessing take home naloxone kits and its required training.

Email healthandwellness [at] umanitoba [dot] ca or call 204-295-9032 to register.

For students:

Enhancing the holidays through harm reduction

Presented by UM Student Counselling Centre and the Health and Wellness Office
February 8
5pm-6:30pm on Zoom

This workshop explores what harm reduction means to you, responsible alcohol consumption, and various ways you can create boundaries with friends and family around any holiday season, including Valentine’s Day. Explore various substitution activities you can use to replace the use of alcohol and create a yummy mocktail!

Email Bryanna [dot] hyra [at] umanitoba [dot] ca or michelle [dot] pearson [at] umanitoba [dot] ca to register. Everyone who registers is entered to win a $25 gift card to superstore!

Enhancing the exam season through harm reduction

Presented by UM Student Counselling Centre and the Health and Wellness Office
February 15
5pm-6:30pm on Zoom

This workshop explores ways to manage generalized anxiety and stress-related anxiety. Identify coping strategies for stress, get some tips to prepare for exams and create a yummy mocktail!

Email Bryanna [dot] hyra [at] umanitoba [dot] ca or michelle [dot] pearson [at] umanitoba [dot] ca to register. Everyone who registers is entered to win a $25 gift card to superstore!

Find out more about the Health and Wellness Office and check out additional resources from Healthy U.

 

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