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April 30- May 14, 2023


Innovative approaches in peer based harm reduction and mental health for 2SLGBTQ+ communities 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Chemsex (otherwise known assexualized substance use), sexual health, harmreduction and mental health for the 2SLGBTQ+ community are field that is widely misunderstood andhighly stigmatized, but its impacts are wide ranging and extend further into your community than youmight imagine. Peer N' Peer is a novel empowerment based Harm Reduction, sexual and mental healthservice rooted in trauma and violence informed care that tackles these concerns and many others. Join usas we explore chemsex, and how it impacts our community, learn how peer informed services arechanging the chemsex and mental health community, work to improve your own sexual health and bettercarve space for those who wish to explore theirs, and challenge yourself to create affirming services andsupport in your own community - personal and professional.

Innovative approaches: peer based harm reduction and mental health for 2SLGBTQ+

  • Jess Murray is the Program Development and Harm Reduction Manager with Queer & Trans Health Collective, 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.”