Reduce Risk - a harm reduction campaign hosted by SHEC

November 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm

The Research and Advocacy Committee of the Student Health Education Centre (SHEC) is hosting Reduce Risk - a Harm Reduction Campaign. Instead of advocating for the complete ban of drugs or the elimination of harmful behaviours, the campaign centres around harm reduction that focuses on minimizing the risks associated with drug use and self-harm.

The campaigns run by SHEC’s Research and Advocacy Committee are designed with the goal of educating and supporting students, so they are able to make informed decisions for themselves. The current Harm Reduction Campaign aims to start a conversation about safer ways of using and harming, and is not an exhaustive list of ways of reducing harm. SHEC acknowledges that harm reduction exists on a spectrum and can include ways of minimizing risk at any point or level of drug use.

Sutina Chou, SHEC’s Coordinator, highlights how harm reduction has been scientifically proven to be effective in addressing addictions and harmful behaviour. "Although it seems counterintuitive at first glance, there is significant academic literature and many real-life case studies showing that mitigating risk, as opposed to attempting to eliminate behaviours entirely, is a much more successful approach to addictions and self-harm,” Chou says.

This campaign is one of the six campaigns SHEC is hoping to run this academic year. Students are encouraged to keep an eye out for SHEC Week, a multi-staged campaign happening at the end of January 2018. SHEC is a peer-run health promotion, education, and referral service for students at McMaster. The peer support, events, and campaigns offered by SHEC focus on engaging with students about health-related issues. Some of the free services and products offered by SHEC include anonymous and confidential pregnancy testing, confidential peer support, condoms, lubricant, dental dams, and menstrual products.

For more information, please contact:

Sutina Chou
SHEC Coordinator

905.525.9140 ext. 22041

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