Outreach & Needle Debris
Harm Reduction Outreach: Safer Communities, Healthier Lives
Our Harm Reduction Outreach Team can be found throughout the downtown core several days a week providing harm reduction supplies and supports, including safer consumption supplies, safer sex supplies, STBBI testing and treatment support, Naloxone kits, basic food and hygiene supplies, and information and referrals.
SafeLink Alberta's Needle Debris Program: Safely Disposing Substance Use Debris in Medicine Hat City Limits
SafeLink Alberta runs the Needle Debris Program for the City of Medicine Hat Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If you find a needle or any substance use debris, leave a message at (403) 866-4698 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please leave a detailed address/location and description of the debris.
- We will promptly (during hour of operation) pick up and safely dispose of needles, pipes and other substance use debris within Medicine Hat city limits.
We can also supply you with biohazard containers at no cost.
SafeLink Alberta Utilizes Stages of Change Model to Support Clients' Health and Well-being
SafeLink Alberta uses the Stages of Change Model to guide their work with clients who are seeking to make changes related to their health and well-being. The Stages of Change Model outlines five stages that an individual may go through as they make a behaviour change, and SafeLink Alberta assesses where each individual is in the process of behaviour change and tailors their support accordingly. Ultimately, the goal is to help clients move through the stages of change and achieve their desired outcomes.
The Stages of Change Model outlines five stages that an individual may go through as they make a behaviour change. These stages are:
- Pre-contemplation: In this stage, the individual is not yet considering making a change. They may be unaware of the potential benefits of change or may feel ambivalent about the need for change.
- Contemplation: In this stage, the individual is beginning to consider making a change but may still feel uncertain or ambivalent about it. They may be weighing the pros and cons of change and considering the potential impact on their life.
- Preparation: In this stage, the individual has made a decision to make a change and is beginning to take action towards that change. They may be gathering information or resources, developing a plan, or seeking support from others.
- Action: In this stage, the individual is actively making changes to their behavior or lifestyle. They may be using new coping strategies or developing new habits that support their goals.
- Maintenance: In this stage, the individual has successfully made a change and is working to maintain that change over time. They may be developing new routines or seeking ongoing support to help them stay on track.