SEXUALITY and MENTAL HEALTH: BODY IMAGE #224
Facilitator: COLLEEN LARSEN
January 31 - February 20, 2022
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
Colleen Larsen (she/her/hers) When she’s not making sex-positive embroidery, Colleen works in the mental health field. As a Registered Nurse with CNA certification in psychiatry and mental health, she has worked in a variety of settings in mental health, from adolescent inpatient to remote nursing in the Canadian Arctic. Her primary focus over her career has been with adolescents and crisis services, but she has also had the privilege of working as an instructor of nursing students at both Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary. She recently completed her Masters in Global Mental Health in Scotland, and is exploring work in the international NGO sector. In recent years, Colleen has also been pursuing her first passion – sexual health education. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Post-Graduate Sexual Health certificate and is very excited to share this workshop with you!