Northern Healthy Connections Society offers a program funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and designed to reach out to individuals in the community living with substance-use disorders and allow them to express themselves through photography.
This year (2020) the Photovoice Project is aimed at female-identifying individuals who are former or current substance users. The group will meet one afternoon a week for 10-12 weeks and offers structure, peer support, and the opportunity to master a skill with a hands-on sewing project led by an NHCS staff member, as well as educational sessions on safer substance use, sexual health and STBBIs, building self-esteem, and knowing your legal rights related to substance use, such as becoming familiar with the Good Samaritan Act.
Photography is a fun, accessible, and therapeutic way to portray your thoughts and feelings. Photovoice programs have been utilized throughout Canada as a creative outlet for social work, community organizations, counselling and more. For more information on what Photovoice means and how you might benefit from it, contact NHCS or stop by the fixed site at 33 Pleasant St, Truro.