WORKSHOP #S22-3 August 15-28, 2022

Innovative Approaches in Peer Based Harm Reduction and Mental Health for 2SLGBTQ+ Communities


Developed and Facilitated by Jess Murray




Innovative Approaches in Peer Based Harm Reduction and Mental Health for 2SLGBTQ

  • Jess Murray is the Coordinator of the Peer N’ Peer (PNP) program, an empowerment based sexual health and Harm Reduction service for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals in Edmonton. She has been developing and managing inclusive programs in the 2SLGBTQ+ not-for-profit sector for the past 8 years, and has presented on a range of diversity, equity and inclusion topics on a national scale. Her work with the PNP program is a mix of working with community members and stakeholders to create empowerment-based services and supports for the 2SLGBTQ+ community, such as harm reduction services, queer specific counselling and community space to meet people wherever they are at on their journey, whether they are actively using or wanting a change. “My personal passion is helping to uplift the voice of the trans community and other communities who are most marginalized in our society, such as the 2 Spirit population and QTBIPOC community. I care about equity in our community, and I actively strive to make people feel welcomed inside our doors and within themselves.”