'Narratives Of Hope' - An IHI Substance Use Campaign
This year, the University of Toronto Chapter for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (UTIHI) is taking part in a campaign to change the narrative associated with substance use disorders. Our vision is to highlight concepts critical to tackling stigma, empower diverse stakeholders at the center of the epidemic and recognize promising initiatives designed to support the community. Our main goal is to humanize individuals suffering from substance use disorders by committing to reducing health inequities and raising awareness.

On January 28th, 2019, we are hosting an event called 'Narratives of Hope' which will feature an art exhibit, speaker panel and networking opportunities. Our Chapter is looking for community members who have been impacted by substance use, either directly or indirectly, to share their story. This can be in the form of a painting, a written story, or other forms of creative expression. All submissions can be made anonymously and will only be used to shed light on the reality of substance use as well as its capacity to impact all groups regardless of age, gender, race or socioeconomic status. If you would like more information on the event, please email: "president@utihiopenschool.ca".

Upon submission, we may be working with you directly to edit your stories. Please note that consent will be obtained before submissions are made public and will only be displayed at our event. Although the submissions can be anonymous, we are asking people to provide some background information to ensure we are presenting diverse narratives.

If you would prefer to submit only a primary creative art piece instead of a personal written story, please skip to Section 2, where we will provide further instructions.

First Name (optional)
Last Name (optional)
Email (used with confidentiality for communication purposes only) *
Phone Number (optional)
Academic/Employment status *
What is your age? *
What is your ethnic background/origin? *
Gender Identity *
Below are a list of prompts to help you......
What is your experience with substance use disorders and how has it impacted your life?

In crafting your story, paint a picture of the challenge you or someone you know faced, the choices that were made, and the outcome that resulted. Think about the emotions involved, and how this experience was perceived by others. Was there a lot of backlash from family, friends, the community? Was this behavior kept in secret?

Think about what you want to achieve with your story, how can you describe your unique experience so that a diverse audience can connect to it.

(max 500 words)

Written story piece:
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