WORKSHOP #212 March 8 - March 28, 2021

Sexuality and Mental Health: Body Image

Developed and Facilitated by Colleen Larsen,Currently pursuing her Masters in Global Mental Health in Scotland


Workshop Description:
This workshop explores the intersection of sexual health and mental health, focusing on the issue of body image within the adolescent population. Though mental health and sexual health have enormous influence on each other, this subject often goes unaddressed, both by health care providers as well as in many sexual health education programs. As the stigma of discussing sexual health has begun to decrease, there has been a rise in research that highlights the inter-relatedness of mental and sexual health, and the importance of acknowledging and addressing these needs in tandem rather than as separate concerns. This workshop aims to provide a basic overview of the common mental health diagnoses that occur in adolescence, how they can affect self-image, common body image concerns, the sexual health needs of this population, and ways to address these topics with youth.

Sexuality and Mental Health: Body Image

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  • Colleen Larsen (she/her/hers) works in the mental health field, primarily with adolescents as well as crisis intervention services and presently doing some remote nursing in Nunavut. She will also be doing her Masters in Global Mental Health in Scotland. She has worked in a variety of settings within mental health and has had the privilege of working as an instructor of nursing students at both Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary. In recent years, Colleen has also been pursuing her first passion – sexual health education. She recently completed the University of Alberta’s Post-Graduate Sexual Health certificate and is very excited to share this workshop with you!

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