In debates about drug use, fun is important

The Conversation, February 8, 2019 6.07am AEDT

Young (and older) people use drugs and alcohol for fun, enjoyment and socialisation. Understanding the social nature of drug use reveals why fun-seeking is so compelling.

When people describe fun, they are often talking about an experience of social connection and belonging. Fun is not insignificant in human lives.

Understanding this might help to make sense of why “just say no” messages are so often ignored.

Let’s Recognise The Huge Decline In Teenage Pregnancy, And Try To Understand What’s Driven It

Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Huffington Post UK 

In a new report, Social media, SRE and Sensible Drinking: Understanding the dramatic decline in teenage pregnancy, BPAS set out to explore some of the factors behind the decline in teen pregnancy, talking to teenagers themselves about how they live their lives – and the extent to which lifestyle changes – from lower alcohol consumption to time spent online – have impacted upon teenage pregnancy rates.

Naloxone is a heath intervention that can’t be effectively provided without the knowledge and social connections of PWID

nam/aidsmap, may 5th 2017

Programmes to provide naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of opiate overdose, are successful because they harness the social contexts of drug use and train drug users to be ‘indigenous public health workers’ capable of intervening in an overdose, according to a qualitative study published in the May issue of Social Science & Medicine.

Read more here 

 

Invitation to to parents, carers, support people, friends & family of someone who is a trans man

Below is an open invite from FTMen-SA to parents, carers, support people, friends and family to someone who is a trans man. Please RSVP via FTMen-SA@hotmail.com if you would like to attend.

Are you a parent, carer, partner, support person, best friend etc. to someone who is FTM (female to male) transgender, a transman or transmasculine?

Do they attend the FTMen-SA meetings or have been thinking about coming along?

If you answered yes to both of these questions then we invite you to attend an FTMen-SA meeting with your transman/transmasc person.

Meeting details:

  • Wednesday the 21st of September.
  • 6.30-8.30pm
  • 57 Hyde Street, Adelaide 5000 (SAMESH)
  • There is no minimum or maximum age for participants, all are welcome.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Persons and those from Culturally Diverse backgrounds are encouraged to come along.
  • Facilitators are trained human service workers with Police and DCSI clearances.

 FTMen-SA would like to gently remind those wishing to attend that these meetings are normally closed to the greater community to respect the privacy and confidentiality of participants. Those wishing to attend are asked to please respect the confidentiality of those present including not disclosing their gender status, discussions and images outside the meeting space. 

We encourage this as a great way for those unsure about coming along to have a chance to meet some of the group members, meet the facilitators and explore the SAMESH site and its services. Some members will be happy to answer respectful questions and to share their journey; its a great way to learn from lived experience!

If you have any questions please email ftmen-sa@hotmail.com

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