Want to send a Valentine’s Day Day card to a loved one AND support sexual health and rights? For a donation of $5 or more to Action Canada, you can send a feminist card of your choosing! We know Valentine’s Day can be a tricky one – so this is for everyone celebrating Valentine’s Day, whether that means spending the day loving yourself, your partner(s), or celebrating Palentine’s day with your friends or furry loved ones!
Talking ”Sexual Health at All Ages” – An SRH Week Podcast
In this podcast, Brittany from Action Canada for Sexual Health and
Rights chats with Nadine Thornhill, Kaeden Seburn and Shelley Taylor about
sexual health across the lifespan as part of SRH Week 2019!
Sex-Positive Parenting and Social Justice
Scott Neigh from Rabble interviews Frédérique Chabot, mother of 2 girls and Director of Health Promotion at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, and Mike Reynolds, father of 2 girls and the creator of Everyday Girl Dad and the Sew Manly Project on sex-positive parenting and it’s connection to gender, sexual and social justice.
Event listing for Manitoba, organized by SERC
SERC will be sharing a different resource everyday on our social media Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Check out Nine Circles’ new website, Sex Friendly Manitoba: Your questions about sexually transmitted infections, safer sex, transmission, testing, harm reduction and more, answered by health educators.
February 7th in Brandon: Brandon’s Sexual Health Committee will be delivering safer sex supplies (e.g. condoms, lubricant, etc.), sexual health information (e.g. STBBI testing locations in Brandon), and Valentines to various bars and lounges in Brandon to be distributed the weekend before Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week.
February 12th: Visit www.serc.mb.ca for a special #SRHWeek2019 blog about safer sex over 50.
February 13th, 2:30-4:00PM in Winnipeg: Join Nine Circles Community Health Centre (705 Broadway) for an interactive, sex positive, harm reduction based workshop on sexual health and sexually transmitted infections! Phone a health educator at 204-940-6000 for more information.
February 13th, 6:30-8:00PM in Winnipeg: SERC vous invite à prendre part à un atelier gratuit qui se tiendra le 13 février à la bibliothèque Public de St. Boniface, 100-131 Boulevard Provencher. Dans cet atelier, les participants discuteront au sujet de sur comment parler de la sexualité à nos enfants. Il n’y a pas d’ inscription. Tout le monde est bienvenu.
February 13th, 6:30-8:30PM in Shilo: Join SERC, Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre & Shilo Military Family Resource Centre for a free 3 part workshop series exploring ways to strengthen the parent-teen connection. SERC will be facilitating a session about communicating with your child(ren) about sexuality as part of this series. For registration and more information, please phone SERC’s Brandon office at (204) 727-0417.
February 14th, 9:00PM-2:00AM in Winnipeg: Sexual Du Voyageur 8 at The Good Will Social Club. Stop by and visit Teen Talk’s table for safer sex supplies!
February 14th: Our social media contest closes, and we will announce the winner of a $50 Chapters Gift Card!
February 15th, 12:00-1:00PM in Winnipeg: Join SERC for a free Lunch & Learn at our Winnipeg office (200-226 Osborne Street North) for teachers and service providers on the topic of “Sexting,” with a particular focus on youth sexual development and the law. Register here!
Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week) 2019 is just around the corner! This year, it will take place from February 11-15 with the theme: Sexual health at all ages.
Sexuality and sexual health are integral to wellbeing throughout our lives. Everyone, no matter the age, is entitled to affirming health care, and that includes sexual health.
This year’s campaign will address sexual health at different stages of life, from children and sex-positive parenting all the way to aging and sexuality.
We deserve to be treated as the complex individuals that we are. This means recognizing that from beginning to end, we are sexual beings in need of accurate information about our sexual health.
In addition to the posters designed by Le Burrow, SRH Week 2019 will feature a series of blogposts written by community-based organizations, helpful information on sexual health throughout different phases of life, podcasts, a webinar, and more! We’ll be on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter too! Find us @actioncanadashr or download our social media kit at www.srhweek.ca (available early 2019).
The new campaign and material will be available on www.srhweek.ca as of February 11.
Can’t wait until then? The site and all our exciting tools from past campaigns are available year-round with reliable, easy to access, up-to-date and comprehensive bilingual information on sexual and reproductive health. Visit www.srhweek.ca to see for yourself!
Of course, any campaign needs strong voices to really make a difference. Help promote sexual and reproductive health this SRH Week by displaying the posters, following @actioncanadaSHR on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, visiting www.srhweek.ca and helping to spread the word!
Want more posters? No problem! If you would like to order more copies of the poster, visit www.srhweek.ca and fill out the poster order form. We’ll be happy to send you more at no charge.
Thanks for your support in recognizing the importance of sexual health at all ages!
Big or small, old or new, your sexual health matters!
February 12th-16th was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Mind Your “Business” that connected the dots between mental health and sexual health. Now we’re preparing for 2019 and we want to hear from you!
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From 12-16 February, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights (Action Canada) is proud to host Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week), an annual nation-wide campaign that promotes sexual and reproductive health in Canada. This year’s theme is Mind your “Business” and focuses on the intersections between mental health and sexual health.
While campaigns around de-stigmatizing sexual health or mental health are on the rise, these rarely address how they intersect. This year’s SRH Week campaign was created in consultation with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and aims to raise awareness on the many links that are often left out.
For this year’s campaign, Montreal artist Edith Boucher designed a poster, which is free to order on the SRH Week website. More than 4,000 posters have already been mailed out to healthcare providers, public health agencies, schools and non-for-profit organizations across every province and territory in Canada.
SRH Week will launch with a blog from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam on the stigma around sexually transmitted infections and its impact on mental health. Other features include a podcast discussing mental and sexual health with a registered nurse and a health care advocate, a Public Health Agency of Canada webinar for health care providers, a series of blogposts written by community-based organizations and advocates, local events across the country, and a printable handbook for healthcare professionals looking to provide stigma-free mental and sexual health care.
“The handbook includes information and tips for healthcare providers on how to talk about sexual health and mental health with their patients,” says Prasad, Executive Director for Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. “Stigma, shame, embarrassment, and fear often prevent patients from talking about their mental health and their sexual health, let alone both.”
The guidebook provides communication tips to help healthcare providers foster trust and openness so that their patients/clients can feel comfortable talking about issues related to their mental and sexual health.
“Everyone is entitled to positive and affirming health care that routinely and proactively meets their mental health and sexual health needs and all the ways in which they connect,” adds Prasad “This is one way we can help fill the gap in access to positive and affirming health care.”
To learn more about Sexual and Reproductive Awareness Week, the connections between sexual health and mental health, and to order free posters, visit www.srhweek.ca
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SRH Week is a promotional and social media campaign designed to help raise awareness around sexual and reproductive health and highlight resources developed to help improve community health.
This year, the campaign will focus on the intersections between mental health and sexual health, and all the complex ways in which sexual and mental wellness are connected. To this end, we are creating a campaign titled Mind Your “Business” to foster further dialogue around how these two important aspects of health interconnect.
This is important because:
- In all aspects of our lives, we deserve to be treated as complex full individuals. This means recognizing mental and sexual/reproductive health and wellness as integral to our overall well-being.
- Mental health and sexual/reproductive health are both important parts of our overall health and do not exist in silos. There is a significant amount of research supporting the many links between mental and sexual/reproductive health.
- We are entitled to positive and affirming health care that routinely and proactively meets our mental health and sexual/reproductive health needs and all the ways in which they connect.
The campaign will run from February 12th until February 16th, 2018 and will feature:
- A series of blogposts written by community-based organizations whose work centres on mental and sexual/reproductive health;
- A resource for health care providers on how to provide care that acknowledges the relationships between mental and sexual wellness in a non-stigmatizing and comprehensive way;
- A podcast with a health care provider and client discussing what comprehensive and non-stigmatizing mental and sexual/reproductive health care can and should look like;
- A poster designed by Montreal artist Edith Boucher;
- A webinar for health care providers and advocates about the 2018 campaign, why it’s important and how to get involved.
All materials will go live on www.srhweek.ca on February 12, 2018. 2018 Posters will be mailed out before the holidays. If you haven’t received free posters in previous years, but would like to, please fill out this short order form.
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