Sexual Health Week 2019 is the week commencing the 16 September, through til the 22nd. This week is usually hosted by FPA, however this year Brook, a company who specialises in providing wellbeing and sexual health support for young people, has taken the reins.
The theme for the week is about inclusivity and more specifically, ‘Relationships, sex and disability’ and Brook aims to explore conversations surrounding these topics with the hope of normalising it. Brook state that ‘sex and disability simply isn’t talked about enough and this means that lots of young people are missing out on valuable education, information and support’.
Research by the learning disability charity Mencap shows that people with learning disabilities face multiple barriers when it comes to sex and relationships, including a lack of education. In addition, teachers also face barriers, with many not feeling like they are being equipped with the knowledge on how to support young people with disabilities.
If you’re interested in supporting Brook’s sexual health week campaign, then you can head to their website for more information and resources (www.brook.org.uk).
On Monday 16 September, their website will go live with a number of useful tools and content for Sexual Health Week including:
Resources and activities for professionals who work with special educational needs young people
Guides co-produced with Mencap which aim to support healthcare professionals, parents and carers
Free home STI sampling kits for people with disabilities that have been provided in conjunction with Fettle and Enhance the UK
Films which explore topics such as sex and disability
10 British Sign Language films about sex and relationships (relaunch)
To follow the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #SHW19. There are also a number of posters and social media banners available to download.
If you have an experience you’d like to share or a topic relating to sexual health that you’d like to write about, get in touch with us at Student Life!