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End the Stigma Community Forum — April 13, 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the End the Stigma Community Forum on April 13, 2022. The forum featured panelists and a Q&A session on navigating the opioid crisis as a family member, opioid user, or community partner. The forum was held in collaboration between the City of Delta, Delta Police Department, Tsawwassen First Nation, Delta School District, Fraser Health Authority, and Delta Fire Department.

As the opioid crisis continues to claim lives here in Delta, we, as a community, need to take an honest look at how to best support drug users and those suffering from addiction.

About the Share Your Story Initiative

On August 31, the City of Delta launched its Share Your Story initiative as part of International Overdose Awareness Day. This is a collaborative effort of the City of Delta, Delta Police Department, Delta School District, Fraser Health Authority, and Tsawwassen First Nation. The Share Your Story campaign aims to reduce stigma around substance use and empower individuals to share their stories. The campaign builds on the End the Stigma campaign which was launched in 2020 as a series of bus-stop posters to combat stigma around drug use and promote community supports and resources available in Delta. The Share Your Story initiative includes the following:

  • Videos: a series of short video interviews, filmed at City Hall, with Guy Felicella, a community advocate who tells a story of his lived experience of using drugs. On 2021 International Overdose Awareness Day, Delta launched a new platform for community members to share stories of drug use and a road to recovery, remember those lost to overdoses, and raise awareness about harm reductions supports available to people in Delta.
  • Social media campaign: a series of social media posts were launched on August 31, 2021 to raise awareness about harm reduction supports available in Delta and promote the Share Your Story initiative. Follow the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Poster with harm reduction sites for Delta was developed in collaboration with community partners and distributed to dozens service providers and community partners in Delta that work with residents who may be affected by substance use.

End the Stigma Community Forum — April 13, 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the End the Stigma Community Forum on April 13, 2022. The forum featured panelists and a Q&A session on navigating the opioid crisis as a family member, opioid user, or community partner. The forum was held in collaboration between the City of Delta, Delta Police Department, Tsawwassen First Nation, Delta School District, Fraser Health Authority, and Delta Fire Department.

As the opioid crisis continues to claim lives here in Delta, we, as a community, need to take an honest look at how to best support drug users and those suffering from addiction.

About the Share Your Story Initiative

On August 31, the City of Delta launched its Share Your Story initiative as part of International Overdose Awareness Day. This is a collaborative effort of the City of Delta, Delta Police Department, Delta School District, Fraser Health Authority, and Tsawwassen First Nation. The Share Your Story campaign aims to reduce stigma around substance use and empower individuals to share their stories. The campaign builds on the End the Stigma campaign which was launched in 2020 as a series of bus-stop posters to combat stigma around drug use and promote community supports and resources available in Delta. The Share Your Story initiative includes the following:

  • Videos: a series of short video interviews, filmed at City Hall, with Guy Felicella, a community advocate who tells a story of his lived experience of using drugs. On 2021 International Overdose Awareness Day, Delta launched a new platform for community members to share stories of drug use and a road to recovery, remember those lost to overdoses, and raise awareness about harm reductions supports available to people in Delta.
  • Social media campaign: a series of social media posts were launched on August 31, 2021 to raise awareness about harm reduction supports available in Delta and promote the Share Your Story initiative. Follow the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Poster with harm reduction sites for Delta was developed in collaboration with community partners and distributed to dozens service providers and community partners in Delta that work with residents who may be affected by substance use.
  • Millions of people worldwide have struggled with substance use. Yet there continues to be mainstream silence on this issue because of the negative stigma surrounding addiction. Stigma can have a tremendously negative effect on people using drugs and their ability to seek help and find their pathway to recovery. Even those going through the recovery process often keep silent due to fear and shame.

    Everyone is entitled to privacy when it comes to this highly personal experience, but there is power in opening up and telling your story. The power of an individual story goes far beyond reports, facts and data. We are inviting you to use the power of storytelling to share your experiences with substance use, harm reduction supports, treatments, and recovery. Sharing your story can be a step forward in your own personal healing. It can also empower others who are affected by substance use.

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