1. Harm reduction: from practice to mindset

In this training, Mainline addresses an important aspect connected to harm reduction: how to adopt a constructive attitude in approaching substance users.

Mainline is one of the founders of harm reduction. Harm reduction is a proven exceptionally successful method of improving the health of substance users and is increasingly embraced by international organisations, including the WHO (World Health Organisation).

The best-known examples of harm reduction strategies are needle exchange and opioid substitution (e.g. methadone) programmes.

Mainline takes this one step further. We see harm reduction as a way to approach people. With an open mind and a tolerant, unbiased, respectful and constructive attitude. How do you create this mindset? Together, we pool our experience and discuss what the harm reduction approach can mean for your organisation.

"Mainline had given considerable thought to adapting the training well for the audience.

INPUD also provide human rights trainings so it was most helpful to see how a like-minded organisation and partner delivered the same subject material but in such a way that it was a mutual learning process for all involved”, Michael Webb, INPUD

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