Event tips

Time to Remember. Time to Act.

Holding an event is a great way to show your support for International Overdose Awareness Day.

You can choose to hold an event to celebrate, commemorate or educate – some ideas include:

  • Hold a memorial service
  • Plant a tree
  • Have a barbecue
  • Invite a speaker
  • Have an open mic night
  • Run an education campaign

Help make your event a success with our Downloadable Resources.

Tips for Community Events

• Choose the type of event you would like to run. Broadly speaking, events fit into two categories, ceremonial events and educational ones. There’s nothing to stop you holding both.

• A ceremony can take many forms including: a candle lighting, tree planting, banner signing, tribute reading or a mixture of those plus songs and public speaking.

• Educational events or campaigns might include how an overdose could be prevented or how it should be responded to.

• Choose a time, date and place that would best serve your event or ceremony. On International Overdose Awareness Day (31 August) is preferable, however any day close to the day is fine to encourage the greatest number of people to attend.

• Get in touch with your local government representatives and extend an invitation to an International Overdose Awareness Day event. They may be able to help out by providing a venue or event support (e.g. refreshments, banners, tables and chairs).

• Write a press release about your event and send it to your local media organisations. Remember though, this is a sensitive issue and it is best to use open, inclusive language that does not demean or expose someone to possible ridicule.

• Get in touch with your local community service providers to tell them about an International Overdose Awareness Day event and encourage them to invite their clients. Groups to contact include community centres, drug treatment providers, family support groups, local counselling services, emergency services and the local police force.

For information and downloads to help you, go to Downloadable Resources.

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