Psychedelics, Nursing and Public Health 
Talk Tuesday - June 16, 2020

Hear from the co-founders of Project Safe Audience (PSA). PSA provides peer-based harm reduction services and training to members of the rave and festival communities to mitigate the risks associated with high-risk party activities.
With the need for social distancing and people staying home during COVID-19, PSA has received several requests for information around the self-exploration of psychedelics. The PSA team has changed its focus (for the time being) to increasing its organizational knowledge in this area.
Psychedelic medicine is experiencing a renaissance in our country. Medicines made illegal in the '80s like MDMA, psilocybin-containing mushrooms, and LSD are now being re-explored for their therapeutic benefits. From MDMA for treatment-resistant PTSD and Ibogaine for opiate use disorder, psychedelic medicine is an exciting new opportunity for nurses to better support healing in their clients.
This Tuesday Talk will explore a brief history of psychedelics, current medical and therapeutic research, the nurse's role in emerging clinical practice and research, and a proposed public health model for the regulation of these medicines.


Joseph Keilty RN
Founder, Project Safe Audience

Joseph Keilty graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 2017. In 2016, as a nursing student, he co-founded a harm reduction program called Project Safe Audience with Bryce Koch. Following his graduation, Joseph worked two years at Seven Oaks Emergency Department. He is now employed as a public health nurse at Healthy Sexuality and Harm Reduction/Street Connections. Joe is passionate about pushing the envelope for harm reduction services and reducing stigma around substance use. Joe enjoys being a harm reduction champion at raves and music festivals and having excellent, insightful conversations with people.

Bryce Koch RN
Founder, Project Safe Audience

Bryce Koch is a nurse who graduated from University of Manitoba in 2017. Before then he completed his Primary Care Paramedics license and briefly worked as a paramedic. While still in nursing school, he co-founded Project Safe Audience with Joseph Keilty. He is currently employed as a public health nurse with Health Sexuality and Harm Reduction. Bryce is also a Nurse Practitioner student at the University of Manitoba. His nursing practice is focused on working with people who use substances. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking and playing video games.



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How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Dr. Gabor Mate

PiHKAL (Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved): A Chemical Love Story, Alexander Shulgin and Ann Shulgin

TIHKAL(Tryptamines I Have Known and Loved): The Continuation, Alexander Shulgin and Ann Shulgin


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Haden. M., MAPS Canada Webinar (May 26th 2020) -


Erowid, also called Erowid Center, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that provides information about psychoactive plants and chemicals as well as activities and technologies that can produce altered states of consciousness such as meditation, lucid dreaming, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and electroceuticals.

Harm Reduction Nurses Association
The Harm Reduction Nurses Association is a Canadian national organization with a mission to advance harm reduction nursing through practice, education, research, and advocacy.

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Canada
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Canada is committed to planning, conducting and publishing scientific research and education supporting the beneficial uses of psychedelic medicines, including treatment for medical conditions, neuroscience, creativity and spirituality. Supported by rigorous scientific evaluation of risks and benefits and through partnerships with academic, health, hospital and community organizations, MAPS Canada envisions a world where psychedelic therapies are legally and widely available.

PsychonautWiki is a community-driven online encyclopedia that aims to document the field of psychonautics in a comprehensive, scientifically-grounded manner.


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