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ANKORS Programs and Publications

Street College

ankorsstreetcollege.com

A curriculum package developed for ANKORS and AIDS Vancouver Island for peer education around stigma, self care, peer service provision, and real-life harm reduction.

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ANKORS Testing Crew at Festival
Drug Checking

ankorsvolunteer.com

Harm reduction resources and research reports on Kootenay festivals. Volunteer application package to apply for drug checking and harm reduction teams at festivals.

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Trans Connect

kootenaytransgender.com

Resources, information, and an events calendar for the transgender community. Community education, trans community support groups, and one-on-one support.

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MHI

menshealthinbc.com

Information and resources for guys-who-like-guys in Interior BC. Find an events calendar for upcoming events and Prick! STI clinics. In depth resources on physical, social, mental, and sexual health for guys-who-like-guys.

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Drug Checking

Drug Checking at Music Festivals

Guide for checking drugs at music festivals including an overview of harm reduction, drug checking technologies, safer spaces, staffing, media strategies, and additional resources.

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Trans Connect

Kootenay Trans Folk

This facebook group is a great way to connect to other trans people in the Kootenay region, chat, find support, and plug in to local events and opportunities. (Moderated by Trans Connect)

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Research

Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention Assessment of Interior BC

In 2019, ANKORS conducted an assessment of overdose prevention and harm reduction services in the Interior Health region, focusing specifically on small and rural communities.

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Drug Checking

Infographic & Report: 2018 Shambhala Drug Checking Services

Who used dug checking services, what did festival goers think was in their drugs, and what did the results show?

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Street College

The Meth Booklet


A harm reduction guide for people who use methamphetamine. Researched and complied by ANKORS in Nelson, BC!

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Stigma

Video Series: Beyond the Stigma of Drug Use

Meant to challenge the viewer to look closely at the people on the front lines of the opioid crisis and listen to their stories and work towards inclusive community based solutions.

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Chloe with Naloxone kit
Overdose Response

Video: Naloxone Training

Naloxone Training: including SAVEME steps,
what's inside of a naloxone kit, and injection instructions.

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Safer Injecting Vein Care
Safer Injecting

Video Series: Safer Injecting & Vein Care Tips

Vein care tips for people who use injection drugs. Using a harm reduction approach, we talk about the planning, supplies, setup, and aftercare for safer injecting.

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OPS

Video: Overdose Prevention Site

Take a look inside our Overdose Prevention Site and hear from our clients, OPS Coordinator, and Executive Director on how it works.

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OPS

Video: The Mural Project at the Overdose Prevention Site

This video delves into how the new murals in the OPS were created and interviews local artists about their work and why the OPS is important to them.

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Harm Reduction

Video: The Harm Reduction Vending Machine

This video features the harm reduction vending machine invented by Brad Pommen, and explores how it will increase access to life-saving supplies.

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Non-binary person at festival holding dental dam
Safer Sex

Video: Safer Sex

A video for volunteer training purposes at festivals. Some common festival scenarios volunteers might come across around sexual health and safety.

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Talking to festival goers about drugs
Harm Reduction

Video: Harm Reduction at Festivals

A video for training purposes at festivals. Example conversations on ketamine, GHB, Acid/LSD, MDMD/MDA/Ecstasy, 2-CB, and cocaine.

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one line is positive, two lines is negative
Drug Checking

Video: How to Use Fentanyl Test Strips

Learn how to use fentanyl test strips
as presented by Chloe Sage at ANKORS.

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Hep C

"Combo" & Dry Mouth

Some people taking combination therapy (interferon and ribavirin) experience dry mouth and nasal passages. Dry mouth (xerostomia) occurs when the amount or quality of saliva decreases. Saliva plays an important role in keeping the teeth, gums, inside of the mouth, and throat healthy.

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colourful condoms
Radio Show Archives

Sex, Drugs, and How We Roll

Soundcloud archive of ANKORS' Kootenay Co-op Radio show hosted by Kori Doty: from Jan 2014 to Aug 2019. Check out all 189 shows on topics from harm reduction, trans rights, mental health, and sex education.

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Harm Reduction Information

Overdose Response

Toward the Heart

This website is an overdose survival guide, with amazing videos and information on opioid, alcohol, and stimulant overdoses. How to recognize them and what to do if you or someone else overdoses.

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Choosing a safer injection site
Safer Injecting

Choosing a Safer Injection Site

Your arms are the safest place to inject. Use different veins every time you inject to help them heal. The veins in your hands are fragile, so inject slowly. Give these veins extra time to heal.

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Safer Injecting

Sharp Shooters

This 36-page booklet has a ton of great information about safer injecting, vein care, how opiates and amphetamines can affect your period, human rights for parents, and tons more.

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Sex Work & Harm Reduction

Dope Guide: Sex Work, Drugs, Alcohol, and Other Substances

This 54-page pamphlet puts sex workers first and gives you the information you need to make enlightened decisions and support you in your efforts to live and work safely and with dignity.

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Safer Inhilation

My Crack Kit

Your kit is a tool that can help you prevent hepatitis and other blood-transmitted infections. Be careful not to lend your kit out or borrow a kit from someone else.

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Safer Snorting

Safer Snorting

Snorting drugs can damage the inside lining of your nose causing it to become raw and irritated, even more so if you've been snorting repeatedly throughout the night. This can spread Hep C.

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Party Safe

Drug Combinations

Find out how common substances and party drugs interact with each other in your body: is this mix synergistic or dangerous? Also, check out their fact sheets on almost every substance out there.

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The Sanctuary
Party Safe & Drug Checking

Video: Harm Reduction and the Sanctuary

"They used to call us crazy, but now they call us cutting edge." For well over a decade Shambhala Music Festival has pioneered an industry-leading harm reduction program.

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OPS History

The History of Insite

The history of the first Overdose Prevention Site in BC through the Portland Hotel Society, starting in 2003. Insite was operating without full governmental support until a Supreme Court decision in 2011

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Safer Inhilation

Video: Safer Crystal Meth Smoking Kits

What is crystal meth? What's in a crystal meth safer smoking kit? Find out how to assemble a kit, pipe safety, proper equipment disposal, smoking risks and more with AIDS Saskatoon.

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Safer Inhilation

Video: Safer Crack Smoking Kits

What is crack? What's in a safer crack smoking kit? Find out how to assemble a kit, pipe safety, proper equipment disposal, smoking risks and more with AIDS Saskatoon.

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Overdose Response

Stop Overdose BC

Knocking down the walls of silence that keep people from talking about substance use is an important step towards addressing the overdose crisis in British Columbia. Recognizing that people who use drugs are real people helps to put a human face behind the numbers of so many preventable tragedies.

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Overdose Response

Take Home Naloxone

In British Columbia, there is a program that is saving lives. Naloxone (also called Narcan®) reverses an overdose from opioids. People who are likely to experience or witness an opioid overdose can get a free Take Home Naloxone kit from an approved site.

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Drug User's Liberation

VANDU

Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users has is full of resources and inspiration in the movement for drug user's liberation.

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HIV-positive Information & Prevention Resources

Research & Resources

Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE)

Canada's source for contemporary HIV and hepatitis C information. An extensive library of free resources (both print and PDF).

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Video Resources

CATIE's Youtube Channel

Interviews with people living with HIV and Hep C,
the "Can't Pass It On" campaign, "Get Tested" videos, and easy to understand information on the science of HIV, PrEP, PEP, and Hepatitis C.

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PrEP

The Pill that can Prevent HIV

PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, can help prevent HIV. It involves taking a prescription pill on a regular basis (every day for most people).

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PrEP

8 Questions About PrEP for Guys

PrEP is used by HIV-negative people to help prevent HIV transmission. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It involves taking a prescription pill that contains two medications.

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BC

Pacific AIDS Network

Workplace training, leadership development, community-based research and evaluation initiatives, and support a collective impact network to reach all regions in the province.

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People living with HIV on effective treatment can't pass it on.
U=U

"Can't Pass It On" Poster Campaign

Research has been building for years, and several large studies have now confirmed it. HIV treatment can suppress the virus to the point that it can’t be transmitted through sex.

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Parenting

HIV Disclosure: How to Tell Children & Family

This booklet is designed to support women living with HIV who are thinking about whether they want to share their HIV+ status with their children and other family members.

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Health

A Practical Guide to a Healthy Body
for People Living with HIV

Thanks to dramatic and ongoing improvements in HIV treatment, most people living with HIV are now living much longer. This means that we can now think about our health from a long-term perspective.

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ART

A Practical Guide to HIV Drug Side Effects
for People Living with HIV

Many antiretroviral drugs that keep HIV under control have side effects. Many of the newer medications used to treat HIV cause far fewer side effects than were seen in the early years of the HIV epidemic.

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Parenting

Know Your Rights: Parents Living with HIV

All people have the right to make their own choices around reproduction, including becoming pregnant and having children, regardless of their HIV status.

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Parenting

Having a Baby: What people living with HIV should know about pregnancy and infant feeding

If you are living with HIV and pregnant, or if you want to have a child, HIV treatment can help you to have a healthy, HIV-negative baby.

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Mental Health

HIV and Emotional Wellness

Your mind is an important part of your body.

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Hepatitis C Treatment & Prevention Information

Hep C

Curing Hepatitis C: What You Need to Know if You Use Drugs

Lots of people have hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is passed through blood-to-blood contact. A common way to get hepatitis C is through sharing equipment for using drugs.

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Hep C

Hep C can be Cured

Hepatitis C treatments are very effective and cure more than 95% of people with hepatitis C. Everyone who has hepatitis C should talk to their doctor or nurse about their treatment options. For most people, treatment means taking one to three pills once a day.

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Hep C

Hep C Passport

This booklet is a place to record your health information related to Hep C care and treatment. If you are concerned about confidentiality, you may choose to fill in only some parts. Keep your booklet in a safe place.

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LGBT+

Hep C and Sex for Gay, Bi, and Queer Men

In recent years, groups of gay, bi, and queer men (especially HIV-positive men but also HIV-negative men) have become Hep C-positive through sex.

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BC

Hep C BC

Personal support (face to face, phone, or email), prison outreach, and public education on Hepatitis C in BC.

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BC

Pacific Hepatitis C Network

The Pacific Hepatitis C Network works with people living with hepatitis C, with community based organizations and with government to address concerns about hepatitis C prevention, care, treatment access and support.

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Campaign

Generation Hep

We are Generation Hep. Over 75% of British Columbians with hepatitis C belong to our generation: born between 1945 and 1965. Get tested!

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Indigenous

Honouring Our Voices

in March 2015, five aboriginal people from across Bc who are affected by Hep c gathered for a day of sharing hosted by chee Mamuk, Aboriginal Program, from the Bc centre for Disease control. The participants shared personal stories about their journey with Hep c. This booklet captures those stories using the words of those who shared.

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LGBTQ2IA+ Resources

Dating

Dating App Slang Dictionary

Here are some words or terms (or emojis!) 😜 you might come across while chatting with guys online and on apps. In different places or on different apps, these words may have different meanings than the ones provided here, but here are some typical definitions of some of the words you might see.

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GBTQ2

Health Initiative for Men

A Vancouver-based men's health program that has tons of amazing resources on physical, social, mental, and sexual health for gay men and other guys-who-like-guys.

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National

The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity

The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity aspires to support and transform Canadian and indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast in a shared vision of a discrimination-free gender and sexually diverse world.

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Youth

Qchat

A peer support line and resource database for LGBTQ2S youth in British Columbia, Canada. Lines Open Monday-Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 PM.
Call: 1-855-956-1777

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Transgender

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Their hotline is open most of the time. Call: 1-877-330-6366

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Transgender

Trans Care BC @ PHSA

Trans Care BC is our provincial connection to trans health. If you're looking for surgery assessments, medical services information, or guides to print out to bring to your doctor, this is a great resource.

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Intersex

Androgen Insensitive & DSD Support Group

Offers support of various forms including resources about various differences of sex development, newsletters, and most importantly, the ability to connect with similarly situated others. Each year we hold an annual conference that lasts a long weekend usually in June or July.

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Intersex

DSD Teens

This is your place to learn about growing up and differences of sex development (DSD) (commonly called intersex). Our site is made by and for young people with DSD. We have teamed-up with expert doctors from around the world to give you information on puberty, growing up, and life.

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Intersex

Video: How to Tell Someone You're Intersex!

How to tell a boyfriend, girlfriend, or significant other that you're intersex. Universal advice about any situation where you are afraid to open up to a partner about something that's personal.

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Two Spirit

Urban Native Youth Association's
2 Spirit Collective

UNYA's 2-Spirit Collective provides support, resources, and programming for Indigenous youth, ages 15 to 30, who identify as 2-spirit or LGBTQ+, and for those who are questioning their sexual or gender identities.

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Two Spirit

BAAITS Organization & Pow Wow

Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) exists to restore and recover the role of Two-Spirit people within the American Indian/First Nations community by creating a forum for the spiritual, cultural and artistic expression of Two-Spirit people.

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Two Spirit

Montana Two Spirit Society &
the International Two Spirit Gathering

The Montana Two Spirit Society formed in 1996 through a joint effort by Pride Inc. (Montana’s LGBT advocacy organization) and the Montana Gay Men’s Task Force to conduct an annual Two Spirit Gathering.

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BC

Qmunity

Resources, queer competency training, support groups, community, clinics, free binders & bras & breastforms program, and more for the LGBTQ2S community in the lower mainland and online.

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Elders

Aging Out

The key finding from the Aging Out Project is that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer (LGBTQ) seniors, are deeply concerned about being able to receive queer and trans* competent care when moving from independent living to assisted living or residential care.

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"Can I get you all something?"
Gender

Gender Neutral Language

A poster or handout: When greeting others, be mindful of language. Shifting to gender-inclusive language respects and acknowledges the gender identities of all people and removes assumptions.

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Relationships

Safety in Relationships for Trans* Folk

Healthy relationships take many forms, and healthy conflict can be a part of them. A relationship becomes unsafe when it includes abuse. Relationship abuse is behaviour that’s deliberately and systematically used to control or maintain power over someone’s partner or partners. Abuse can be physical, psychological, emotional, verbal, sexual, or financial.

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Relationships

Safety in Same-Gender Relationships

Examples of what abuse is and how it might look in a same-gender relationship, myths about relationship abuse, and how to get help and support when you think you might be in an abusive relationship.

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Transgender

I Heart My Chest

A chest health resource for trans folk: terminology, binding, padding, breastforms, hair removal, bras, hormones, surgeries, emotional well-being, and cancer prevention.

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Terminology

Queer Terminology from A to Q

Words can be powerful tools used to empower, include, affirm, acknowledge, identify, validate, understand, respect, dignify, unify, humanize, celebrate, embrace and heal. But words can also be weapons.

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Youth

LGBT YouthLine

Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.

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Youth

BOOM

An online resource for young guys who like guys to help you explore through topics such as gender and sexual identity, dating and hooking up, HIV and sex, and emotional and mental well-being.

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People of Colour

Love Intersections

Love Intersections is a media arts collective made up of queer artists of colour dedicated to collaborative filmmaking and relational storytelling. We produce intersectional and intergenerational stories from underrepresented communities – centering the invisible, the spiritual, the metaphysical and the imaginary.

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Sexual Health, Safer Sex & Healthy Relationships

Safer Sex

Safer Sex Guide

This guide will help you take charge of your sexual health by giving you tips to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and explaining how you can make sex safer. Information on some common STIs.

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Get Checked Online

GetCheckedOnline is a new and easy way to test for sexually transmitted infections (STI) in British Columbia, Canada. In a few steps, you ​can create a lab form, go to a participating LifeLabs site to give your samples and get your results online or over the phone.

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Safer Sex

Oral Sex

Before you have oral sex it is very important to make sure that you and your partner are on the same page. Make sure to talk to your partner about the kinds of sex that you both want to have.

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How to Use an Internal Condom
Safer Sex

Internal Condoms and Lube for Safer Sex

Condoms lower your chances of getting or passing HIV and other STIs and are effective at preventing pregnancy. Be sure to check the expiry date!

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Safer Sex

Sex Toy Stories:
A user's guide to HIV and STI prevention

Always rinse your toys well after washing them with soap, bleach or toy cleaner to avoid any irritations that can be caused by these chemicals: after washing sex toys, let them air dry instead of using a towel or tissue.

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Safer Sex

Primed: A Sex Guide for Trans Men into Men

Addresses the diverse sexual desires and sexual activities of gay, bi, and queer trans men. Information on the choices we have and the questions we should ask to stay healthy: sexually, mentally and emotionally.

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Drink Spiking

SafeVibe

SafeVibe is a movement for everyone who wants to keep predators out of the bars and put an end to sexual assault. The more people who actively get involved (men, women, youth, everyone!), the closer we will be to making social change a reality.

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Mental Health

Helpline

The Crisis Centre

Providing barrier-free, non-judgmental, confidential support through 24/7 phone lines and online services. Training for individuals and communities to promote mental wellness and assist people at risk of suicide.

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Peer Support

Jack

Canada's only charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health in every province and territory. We do this through three globally-recognized programs: talks, chapters, and summits.

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Resources

MindHealthBC

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​MindHealthBC is a one stop shop that gathers the wealth of evidence based resources available in your community and combines them into one easy to use website.

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Men's Experience

Heads Up Guys

It’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a fact. Guys get depressed. Depression affects millions of men every year, and is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

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Mental Health

Here to Help

Mental health and substance use information you can trust. Seven agencies came together for this project as the BC Partners, because we recognize that people need to have access to quality information on mental health, mental illness, and substance use problems.

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Skill Building

BounceBack

A free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.

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HIV & Hep C

YouthCO

A peer-led agency working to reduce the impact of stigma related to HIV and Hep C. We are an organization of young leaders who work to affect meaningful change through peer support, education and community engagement. We strive to foster inclusive communities where youth empower youth.

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Online Chat

Youth in BC

YouthInBC.com is a program of the Crisis Centre. It Connects youth with support, information and resources. Online chat is available from Noon to 1 AM in BC and Yukon Only

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Helpline

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. We offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.

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Helpline

Youth Against Violence Line

Are you in danger? Is someone you know being threatened? Want to make a difference? Stand Up. Be Heard. Get help. Email or call the Youth Against Violence Line at 1-800-680-4264 and talk one-on-one to a YAV Line support worker 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Overdose Response

Wakes You Up:
Naloxone and the Inner City Youth Experience

A series of interviews and art created to capture the experiences youth are having with overdose, naloxone, and community.

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Mental Health

Youth Mental Health Canada

Youth Mental Health Canada is a grassroots, youth-driven and led non-profit organization focused on education and advocacy for youth mental health change.

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Youth

Foundry BC

Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and through integrated service centres in communities across BC.

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Depression

Dealing with Depression

There are effective treatments and self-help skills to deal with depression. This site is meant for teens who have been coping with depressed mood. It teaches you a set of skills you can apply to your own life to overcome depression.

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Stress

Stresslr

A free web app that provides a fun and engaging way for children ages 9-11 to learn about stress! Children can follow along with Stresslr, a friendly robot, to understand what causes them stress, how they react to it, and to develop healthy strategies to cope with stress in their everyday lives.

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Kootenay Organizations

Nelson

Nelson Community Services

Supports the well-being of families, youth, and individuals in our community by providing counselling, housing, support, and outreach services.

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Nelson

Nelson Street Outreach Program

A caring, comprehensive, and direct response to the immediate and longer-term needs of Nelson’s growing ‘street culture’ population. Services are offered throughout the year from Monday to Friday during daytime hours.

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Nelson

Nelson & District Women's Centre

Creating healthy community through providing support for women and advancing gender equality in the Nelson & District area.

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Nelson

Stepping Stones Emergency Shelter

Stepping Stones is the only emergency shelter in the West Kootenays, serving an area from Kaslo to Creston, Nelson to Trail. It is located at 816 Vernon Street in Nelson.

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Castlegar

Axis House Withdrawl Management (Detox)

An 8 bed (private single occupancy) community based residential withdrawal management (detox) program for adults who are medically stable.

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Nelson

Nelson CARES Society

Through community collaboration and service excellence, Nelson CARES Society works toward a socially just society by providing programs and initiatives in advocacy, housing, employment, support services, and environmental stewardship.

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Trail

Community Skills Centre

Employment assistance services, programs and services for youth, training opportunities and support, poverty reduction initiatives, workforce development, information and services in trades and technology, and community economic development through initiatives such as social enterprise.

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East & West Kootenay & Boundary

Options for Sexual Health

At Options for Sexual Health (Options) we care about the healthy sexuality of all. We currently offer services in British Columbia and the Yukon. We are All About Choice: we offer current sexual and reproductive health care, information, and education from a feminist, pro-choice, sex positive perspective.

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Nelson

The Advocacy Centre

The Advocacy Centre is a non-profit, community-based organization which provides legal information, education and problem solving for low-income residents of the West Kootenays. We also provide specialized victim assistance to victims of relationship violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

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West Kootenay & Boundary

FETCH BC Community Services Directory

Search here for access to information about all programs and resources located in, or serving, communities in the KB Region. You can also go to one of the Communities Pages for services located in that sub-region.

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West Kootenay & Boundary

Freedom Quest Youth Services

Free, community-based, client-centered, ​​low-barrier, confidential, voluntary, and non-judgmental services and programming to youth & families who have been negatively impacted by substance use in the West Kootenay Boundary Region.

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Nelson

RISE BC Wellness Centre

RISE BC Wellness Centre is a progressive multidisciplinary medical clinic providing well-rounded and integrated pain-management, trauma, injury, and addictions services.

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Nelson

Cicada Place: Youth Housing

Cicada Place offers a unique opportunity for youth ages 16-22 to live independently within a supportive environment. We recognize that the transition from adolescence to adulthood can be challenging and Cicada Place staff are available to offer support and guidance through this transition.

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Cranbrook & Kimberley

East Kootenay Addiction Services Society

East Kootenay Addiction Services Society provides free and confidential counselling and referrals to youth, adults, couples and families dealing with difficulties from their own or someone else's substance use.

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Cranbrook

Operation Street Angel

Assists marginalized people by providing continued support, outreach, community inclusion, guidance and referrals. We follow the Ktunaxa Nation Vision Statement. "Strong healthy citizens and communities speaking our languages and celebrating who we are and our history in our ancestral homelands and resources, as a self-sufficient, self-governing Nation."

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Nakusp & New Denver

Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Services

Offers programming for children, seniors, men, women, families, and people of diverse abilities around transportation, employment, housing, counselling, and community needs.

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Grand Forks

Boundary Family Services

A nonprofit society which providing programs to meet children, youth, and family’s interests and needs, using a person centred approach that empowers people to define and set goals and assists them to build on their personal strengths and supports.

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Castlegar

Castlegar & District Community Services Society

Offers programming for youth, women, seniors, and people experiencing poverty around violence prevention, counselling, housing, crisis loans, and community support.

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Salmo

Salmo Community Services

Supporting people and strengthening community in family services, food security, transportation, women's support, adult mental health and substance use, and children & youth services.

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Trail Family & Individual Resource Society

Trail FAIR Society has been providing free, confidential services in the Greater Trail area since the mid 1970s and began as the Women in Need Society (WINS). They have 5 service locations and 19 programs.

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North Kootnay Lake Community Services Society

Counselling for addictions and alcohol, children and youth counselling, victims assistance, and community members, family support, a lifeline for elderly or ill persons living alone, and a Safe Home for women and their children leaving an abusive relationship.

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Resources for Service Providers

Trauma-Informed Practice Guide

Intended to support the translation of trauma-informed principles into practice. Concrete strategies to guide the work of practitioners assisting clients with mental health and substance use concerns.

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Guide to Harm Reduction for Frontline Staff

The purpose of this manual is to provide you, the health care worker, with the tools and knowledge to successfully engage and support clients and family members who may impacted by substance use.

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Harm Reduction: BC Community Guide

This guide has been written to assist municipalities in British Columbia in taking a leadership and a facilitative role in reducing the level of drug related harm in their communities.

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A Guide to Promote Staff Resiliency &
Prevent Distress After an Overdose Reversal

While many people who use drugs find reversing overdoses to be empowering and positive, this is not always the case for lay-person staff working in shelters, housing units and the community

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Harm Reduction Services for Indigenous People Who Use Drugs

While government-funded services and supports exist, there remains a lack of culturally appropriate and culturally safe harm reduction programs and funded harm reduction services in Indigenous communities.

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Overdose Prevention Services: Site Manual

A manual intended to provide guidance to Overdose Prevention Services within the Interior Health region on the operational components required to facilitate OPS services.

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SKY Coordinated Response

The Safe Kids and Youth Coordinated Response is a “made in the West Kootenay Boundary” rural adaptation of a Child & Youth Advocacy Centre model. It was created to develop and implement local cooperation agreements.

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A Guide to Wise Practices for HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs

A guide to help you as you plan a program for your community. They are based on research and practice. They have been gathered from successful projects conducted both locally and around the world.

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Zone of Fabulousness: Resisting Burnout and Shouldering Each Other Up

What is at the heart of your work? Why are you here? Workers usually burn out in two ways: disconnection or enmeshment. What ways do you get caught up that take you too far away from the person? Too close to the person?

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