Every year, Nine Circles participates in Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week), a promotional and social media campaign led by Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights. The campaign is designed to help raise awareness around sexual and reproductive health and highlight resources developed to help improve community health. This year, SRH Week will take place from February 12-16 with the theme: Mind Your “Business”
In coming up with the theme, Action Canada wanted to spark conversations about the intersections between mental health and sexual health, and all the complex ways in which sexual and mental wellness are connected. They say this conversation 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.
In addition to posters designed by Montreal artist Edith Boucher that you can download or order for free, SRH Week 2018 will feature a series of blog posts written by community-based organizations, a resource for health care providers on non-stigmatizing comprehensive care, podcasts, a webinar, and more! All materials will go live on www.srhweek.ca on February 12, 2018. They also have a social media toolkit if you’d like to participate in the campaign.
Manitoba SRH Week Events
Here in Manitoba, The Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC) is taking the lead on SRH Week planning. Nine Circles will have an awareness table with SERC on Wednesday, February 14 at Portage Place. Look for us on the second floor between the escalators from 11:00am-2:00pm and stop by for some safer sex supplies.
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
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