Sexual health matters – for mental health
Sexual, reproductive and mental health: e-Learning course
Published 2011 | Free to use | Learning Management System compatible
This course module, part of the sexual, reproductive and mental health e-Learning course, is designed to help mental health professionals deal with aspects of sexual and reproductive health in the context of mental illness.
This module explores sexual health and sexuality, sexual risk, sexual violence, abuse and trauma and making a difference in your practice.
On completion of this learning module you will be able to:
- describe the role of sexual health, as an important aspect of being human, with particular reference to people with mental health problems, acknowledging histories of sexual violence and abuse
- identify a number of different definitions of sexual health, in an attempt to design your own for your particular field of practice
- describe ways of assessing a client's holistic sexual health needs, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care
- describe how sexual ill-health may affect people with mental illness and vice-versa
- identify reasons why promoting / improving the client's sexual health as part of their mental health care and wellbeing is so important.
Free to use for non-commercial and educational purposes.
Commercial use – or – bespoke customised version – find out more
Access the e-Learning course module
Estimated online study time: 30-40 minutes
This e-Learning course module is free to use, however to access the course you will need a free MySCIE account:
All SCIE resources are free to download, however to access the following downloads you will need a free MySCIE account:
- SCORM 1.2 version: Module 1: Sexual health matters - for mental health
- SCORM 2004 version: Module 1: Sexual health matters - for mental health
Modules of this course
- Sexual health matters – for mental health
- Managing reproductive health
- Supporting people who experience abuse
- Safer relationships and safer sex
- Fertility and pregnancy planning
- Physical health, mental health and sexuality
- Genitourinary health
- Unprotected and risky sex
Who they are suitable forOpen
Mental health practitioners (primarily MH nursing staff, but also to include other professional disciplines)
They will also be of relevance for:
- Other professionals working with people with mental health problems including doctors, social workers, practitioners providing psychological interventions e.g. psychologists, IAPT & counsellors
- Voluntary sector workers
- Commissioners and managers
- People who use services
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These course was developed using a technology called Adobe Flash, which is not compatible with any Apple/Android platform, and may not work on any mobile device.
Dr Kathryn AbelKathryn Abel is Professor of Psychological Medicine, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of the Centre for Women's Mental Health (which she founded in 2001) at the University of Manchester, UK. Since 2001, she has worked to improve gender specific service provision within UK mental health services with the Department of Health. In line with this, since 2003, she has pioneered a community based peer-education programme to improve the reproductive and sexual health for women with serious mental illness: the SHI Process. This service has been developed with service users in non-mental health community settings and in mixed age groups between 15-75 years old. Service users have worked with Dr Abel to develop resources for this service over the years and Dr Abel has engaged women with the Sexual Health Forum in Manchester to develop innovative ways of working with adults with chronic mental illness to improve their overall health. Initially a set of physical resources was created to support the SHI process. However, it is the work of these groups that became the impetus for the development of the current e-learning resource aimed at mental health professionals.
Dr Abel continues to be actively involved with the UK Department of Health in the development of modern, reflective women-centred services for vulnerable women and their families where she is currently helping to develop strategies for the implementation of safer mental health services for women. This work addresses the need of local health providers to have clear policies for managing alleged abuse within services as well as strategies for understanding about the promotion of healthier services and healthier lives for their vulnerable client group.
She is principal investigator on a number of studies and has published widely in leading academic journals on women and mental health, parenting outcomes in serious mental illness, developmental risk factors for serious mental illness and on aspects of service development for women. She was recently elected a member of the prestigious American Psychopathological Association in New York. She currently collaborates with a number of internationally acclaimed institutions including Columbia University, New York and the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm where she is nominated for an honorary chair. She and her family live in England in the Peak District National Park.
Lead author on:
- Module 2: Managing reproductive health
- Module 5: Fertility and pregnancy planning
- Module 6: Physical health, mental health and sexuality
- Module 7: Genitourinary health
Joint author with David Evans:
- Module 8: Unprotected and risky sex
Dr David Evans has been facilitating learning in sexual health and HIV studies, to health and social care professionals, since 1990. He has published widely on the subject areas and spoken at numerous conferences at home and abroad. David’s MPhil research focused on the role of social representations of HIV and AIDS in post-registration nurse education; his recent doctoral thesis, taking a broadly Foucauldian approach, explores the gaps between sexual health client need and professional education for nurses in England. The mental health implications of / on sexual health are always a key concern to him. David also runs two e-learning courses in the sexual health degree programmes at the University of Greenwich, including the RCN-approved Sexual Health Skills course (www.gre.ac.uk/schools/health).
Lead author on:
- Module 1: Sexual health matters – for mental health
- Module 4: Safer relationships and safer sex
Joint author with Dr Kathryn Abel:
- Module 8: Unprotected and risky sex
Dr Roxane Davies
Dr. Roxane Agnew-Davies specialises in the psychological impacts of violence, particularly domestic violence, on women's mental health. She is Director of Domestic Violence Training Limited and Mental Health Advisor to Against Violence and Abuse (AVA). She is a Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She was a specialist advisor to the Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme in the Department of Health and then a member of the Department of Health Task Force domestic violence group. She has worked with victims of abuse for 25 years. She has an honorary contract with the University of Bristol. She is a Cardiff University accredited Expert Witness.
Lead author on:
- Module 3: Supporting people who experience abuse
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SCIE would like to thank the reviewers of these resources – Colin Roberts, Kathy French, Davina James-Hanman and Olivia Protti.
SCIE would also like to thank all who took part in user testing sessions or steering group meetings or who was asked in some way to contribute to or comment on the resources.
Finally SCIE would like to thank Sian Rees (formerly at the Department of Health) and Ben Thomas (DH) for their input.
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