This Saturday, September 23, Kent District Library will host a Mental Health Expo from 10:00 AM to Noon at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch. Join local service providers and experts to learn more about mental health and the organizations available within our community.
One of the featured organizations is the Grand Rapids Red Project. Catherine Kelly shares more:
The Grand Rapids Red Project (RP) is a public health non-profit organization that uses harm reduction tactics to limit the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C and to prevent opioid overdose and other harms associated with substance use and sexual activity.
RP provides HIV case management, HIV/HCV testing, harm reduction supplies like syringe access and Narcan/naloxone, recovery coaching, tobacco cessation, linkage to the medication PrEP, linkage to suboxone and more!
What is harm reduction?
Harm reduction is an evidence-based approach that is critical to engaging with people who use drugs and equipping them with life-saving tools and information to create positive change in their lives and potentially save their lives. Harm reduction is a key pillar in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Overdose Prevention Strategy.