By Jenn Watt
Published Nov. 26 2019
The community is invited to a discussion on substance abuse and dealing with traumatic loss and grief on Thursday Nov. 28 sponsored by the Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee of Haliburton County.
One of two sessions held during the day the discussion called Peace Together will be facilitated by traumatic grief specialist Yvette Perreault. The Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Northumberland Drug Strategy will also be screening a short film on the opioid crisis.
“What I think service providers are beginning to recognize is the mental and emotional toll the overdose crisis or opioid related events have had on the wider community whether they be friends family or even front-line service providers working with folks in the county” said Megan Deyman co-ordinator for the drug strategy.
Earlier in the day front-line workers will be attending a three-hour workshop also facilitated by Perrault about better understanding and responding to traumatic loss.
Peace Together will address “the impact of addictions/substance use disorder in Haliburton what can be done to improve the situation and how to deal with grief and loss” the poster for the event reads.
Deyman said the whole community is invited to the event and would benefit from getting to know the issues better.
Peace Together is a two-hour event on Thursday Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Lakeside Church in Haliburton. Doors open at 5 p.m. and there will be a light supper provided. The event is free. RSVP to 1-800-461-8953 ext. 27 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.