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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Ani Colekessian
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Manitoba SRH Week Events!

In Winnipeg:

Click here to download PDF poster with full list of Winnipeg events

All week long SERC will be releasing self care tips each day on our social media! follow along on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Thursday Feb 8
9:00-10:00 pm The Sex Files Radio Show on CKUW 95.9 FM – the topic is Sexual Health and Mental Wellbeing: The Mind Body Connection

Monday Feb 12
We will deliver heart shaped boxes filled with condoms, candy & positive messages that have been decorated by Teen Talk’s Peer Support Program youth volunteers to Winnipeg`s Teen Clinics
&
Online release of a new SERC video ‘Facing Stigma in Our Own Words’ based on the experiences of African newcomer communities in Winnipeg

Tuesday Feb 13
11:45-1:00 pm at 200-226 Osborne Street North, `Talking With Youth About Mental & Sexual Health: a Lunch & Learn for Service Providers’ presented by Teen Talk

Wednesday Feb 14
11:00am-2:00 pm second floor, Portage Place shopping centre visit our booth with Nine Circles & pick up some safer sex supplies & Digital Valentine release on SERC’s social media created by Winnipeg artist, Kristen Aleida & Blog release, written by Maree Rodriguez, long time Teen Talk Peer Support Program youth volunteer and mental health advocate

Friday Feb 16
Release of ‘Sex Ed, Broken Hearts & Mental Health blog’ written by SERC staff and released by Action Canada

In Brandon

Click here to download PDF poster with full list of Brandon events

All week long Brandon’s  Sexual Health  Committee will be handing out safer sex kits to local bars and lounges

Wednesday Feb 14
12:00-3:00 PM visit our booth at Brandon University for safer sex supplies

Friday Feb 16
12:00-1:00PM at SERC Brandon, Unit C, 1700 Pacific Avenue
‘Risk Reduction for Safer Sex Toy Use’ Lunch and Learn. Please register by emailing [email protected]-more information here! 

Stay tuned to SERC website for the latest updates on all of our SRH Week events!

Newfoundland and Labrador SRH Week Events!

To bring awareness and celebrate the work of Planned Parenthood – Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre, they will be hosting a number of events from Monday, Feb.12th-Friday, Feb.16th.

Click here for exciting events, news, contests and games around the city of St. John’s! 

On MONDAY (Feb. 12th): Planned Parenthood Open House!!! Come to the centre, 203 Merrymeeting Road, at 5:00PM-7:30pm for cake, information and contests! We have some awesome prizes this year!

SRH Week 2018 is just around the corner!

This year,  Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week)  will take place from February 12-16 with the theme: Mind Your “Business”

We want to spark conversations that help make the connection between sexual health and mental health clear and have been consulting with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to prepare for SRH Week 2018.

In addition to posters designed by Montreal artist Edith Boucher, SRH Week 2018 will feature a series of blogposts written by community-based organizations, a resource for health care providers on non-stigmatizing comprehensive care that addresses the many connections between mental and sexual/reproductive health, podcasts, a webinar, and more!

We’ll be on Facebook and Twitter too! Find us @srhweek or download our social media kit at www.srhweek.ca (available soon!).

The new campaign and material will be available on www.srhweek.ca as of February 12.

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 @SRHweek on Facebook and Twitter, visiting www.srhweek.ca and helping to spread the word!

Want free posters? No problem! If you would like to order 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 making the connection between mental and sexual/reproductive health!

It’s time to Mind Your “Business”!

Opt BC SRH Week Breakfast Fundraiser

Join Options for Sexual Health Thursday February 15th at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Vancouver for the 5th annual SRH Week breakfast fundraiser. We will dine, network and celebrate with our incredible host Kathryn Gretsinger and honour our 2018 Sexual Health Champion Dr Gina Ogilvie. Dr Ogilvie is the Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV-related Disease at UBC, and Senior Advisor and Assistant Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at our own BC Women’s Hospital. Dr. Ogilvie and her colleagues are working toward the global eradication of cervical cancer and they are closer than you might think!

BC’s Planned Parenthood needs your support to continue our work in clinics, schools and across the world wide web.

Click here to buy your tickets today!

Public Health Agency of Canada Webinar: SRH Week 2018

This year, SRH Week will take place from February 12-18 with the theme: Mind Your “Business”. Hosted by Action Canada, the campaign provides resources for health care providers to have open conversations with their patients and provide affirming and non-stigmatizing care at the intersections of mental health and sexual / reproductive health. The campaign will also see the launch of several articles by community experts working at these intersections, a podcast-style recorded interview between a health care provider and patient advocate, and much more! The webinar will introduce the different components of the campaign, as well as walk participants through some quick tips to provide quality care at the intersections of mental and sexual/reproductive health.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 1:00 pm – 2:00pm
Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Click here to register today!

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.