Grounded in a more traditional approach to health promotion and printed resources, “Safer” is a London-wide health and well-being pack for gay men* and the wider LGBT+ community with a focus on chemsex.
From June 2023, 20,000 packs will be distributed to over 260 outlets, including:
- Sexual health and drug services
- Accident and emergency departments
- HIV and LGBT+ organisations and community groups
- LGBTQI+ venues and saunas
Packs contain booklets and leaflets on health and well-being, safer chemsex, safer hook-ups, and sexual health.
- Pack leaflet with Hep C home testing kit slips (A5 leaflet, 4 pages)
- Health and wellbeing (A5 booklet, 16 pages)
- Hook-up Safer (A6 booklet, 8 pages)
- Overdoses and calling 999 (A6 leaflet, 4 pages)
- Safer chemsex (A5 booklet, 36 pages)
- HIV/ STI/ HCV “Risk-O-Meter” (A5 leaflet, 4 pages)
- Your rights on arrest (A6 booklet, 12 pages)
Get a “Safer Pack” pack here (link to MENRUS.CO.UK).
More about the campaign here (link to MENRUS.CO.UK).
- “Many thanks for the Safer packs which we received yesterday. We definitely have service users who will find this helpful.” NHS Sexual Health Service, London
- “I engage with a lot of the chemsex services users in the clinic and these packs are just the resource I will be giving out. Thank you so much for sending them through to us and putting them together.” NHS Sexual Health Service, London
- “This is superb… amazing resource amazing … wow so no nonsense and the right language… can you create an app that people would keep on their phones? Well done… great to see such frank advice without judgement.” Safer Survey Respondent [GBMSM]
- “The simplicity and discrete nature of the resources is fantastic.” Safer Survey Respondent [GBMSM]
- “Thank you for sending us your safer packs – they are very well made up and have a lot of useful information!” Mainstream Drug Service, London
- “The content is so comprehensive, honest and really accessible. The artwork is fantastic too – congrats to whoever is responsible for that. I’m so pleased/ grateful that this exists and will do my best to promote it within my own little network. I think the final page speaks to a very sad reality regarding GHB awareness among emergency medical staff and will save lives. When I was practicing clinically, I horrified that my colleagues knew nothing about chems, PrEP (or anything LGBT+-related).” Specialty Registrar, Public Health Medicine, England
- “Please could we have some more Safer packs – they’ve flown off the shelves over Pride and now Fetish Week and we’re all out.” Gay Venue, Central London
- “These are very well thought out, discrete and informative. We will use these to make our harm reduction guidance more inclusive and applicable to any young person seeking our support.” Youth Recovery Service, England.
*gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men