SRH Week 2019 is Around the Corner!

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!

We want to hear from you!

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!

Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the 2018 feedback survey by clicking here »

 

Press Release: SRH Week Campaign Connects the Dots between Mental Health and Sexual Health

For immediate release

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 2018

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.

2017 SRH Week Survey

We want to hear your feedback so we can keep improving our campaign!

Please complete our quick survey and let us know your thoughts (your answers will be anonymous).

Click here to complete the survey

Hey Doctor, why aren’t you prescribing the abortion pill?

The newly available abortion pill (Mifegymiso) is everywhere in the news these days. Based on all the media coverage, you would think the World Health Organization’s “gold-standard” would be widely available, but so far, only a few doctors seem to be offering it. What gives?

The drug is already available and used safely in over 60 countries, and is an effective way to terminate a pregnancy by using medication rather than surgery. It can be used early in a pregnancy (up to 7-weeks gestation in Canada) and is finally available on the Canadian market.

The thing is, many physicians and pharmacists who want to begin prescribing and stocking Mifegymiso don’t know where to locate the training or order the medication. Here’s a handy roadmap for all the doctors and pharmacists looking to provide medical abortion, but simply don’t know where to start.

Are you a physician?

You can access the training here. Click on “Accredited Medical Abortion Training Program” and then “Register Now.”  Fill out the form, and check your email for confirmation. Completing this course will make you eligible to be a Mifegymiso prescriber. Upon completion, you will be asked to enter your physician license number and be contacted by the manufacturer (Celopharma) to order and stock the medication.

Are you a pharmacist?

You can access the training here. Click on “Accredited Medical Abortion Training Program” and then “Register Now”. Fill out the form, and be sure to click the box that says “I am a Pharmacist.” Completing this course will make you eligible to stock Mifegymiso. Upon completion, you will be asked to enter your pharmacist license number and contacted by the manufacturer (Celopharma) to order and stock the medication.

Note: the non-accredited version of the training can also be selected if you do not require or wish to receive Continuing Medical Education credits. The accredited version costs $50.00 and you will receive a certificate upon completion. The non-accredited version is free. Anyone can take the non-accredited version but only practicing physicians and pharmacists will be contacted by Celopharma to order and stock the medication upon completion.

Completing the training will make physicians eligible to dispense Mifegymiso (and stock it, if they wish to do so at their clinics) and pharmacists eligible to dispense Mifegymiso to physicians. For physicians who do not wish to stock the medication at their clinics, or lack the existing infrastructure to do so, they will need to find the nearest clinic or pharmacy that is trained to dispense Mifegymiso and receive it from them.

Start the Conversation

Doctors and pharmacists have been slow to take the training. And those that have are largely existing abortion providers. This is a huge opportunity for existing providers and other physicians, like family doctors, to help close the gap in access to reproductive choice in Canada.

So let’s start the conversation! Ask questions – if you’re a health care provider, talk to your colleagues, if you’re a client/patient, talk to your providers. We’ve got a long way to go until all people in Canada truly have access to all of their pregnancy options but together, we can break down barriers.

Are you a health careprovider? Click here to download the SRH2017 handbook for quick tips on talking about abortion in a non-stigmatizing way.

 

 

Ready for some pillow talk? Open conversation is crucial

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights (Action Canada) Executive Director Sandeep Prasad talks to XFM’s Sarah Cowan about the 2017 SRH Week campaign, what it is and why it’s important.

SRH Week 2017 is just around the corner!

This year, Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week) will take place from February 12-18 with the theme: Ready for some pillow talk?

The 2017 campaign will build on last year’s “What’s Your Relationship Status” campaign by asking health care providers and clients/patients to “start the conversation” for the best possible care.

Open communication between health care providers and clients/patients is crucial to sexual and reproductive health.

On February 12th, we’ll be launching a quick reference book for health care providers and a blog series spotlighting health care providers making a real difference. We’ll be on Facebook and Twitter too! Find us @srhweek or download our social media kit (coming soon!).

The new campaign and material will be available on www.srhweek.ca as of February 12. Can’t wait until then? Check out campaign material from last year!
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 @SRHweek on Twitter and Facebook, visiting www.srhweek.ca and helping to spread the word!

Want posters? No problem! If you would like to order copies of the poster, click here and fill out the poster order form. We’ll be happy to send you posters at no charge. For campaign graphics, social media tools, PDF copies of the poster and much more keep visiting www.srhweek.ca!

Now let’s start the conversation!