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Why don’t mental health workers talk about sexual health with consumers? Starting the conversation using online learning

Why don’t mental health workers talk about sexual health with consumers? Starting the conversation using online learning

Methods: The methods include review of literature, survey of mental health workers, focus groups with consumers and one to one interviews. A sexual and mental health collaborative was formed and sought funding to develop an online training module for mental health workers that could be included in induction and as part of ongoing professional development activities. Family Planning Queensland managed the development of the project and developed an online training module.

Results: The most common reason for workers who reported that they did not have conversations was their fear of being perceived as crossing a personal/professional boundary. Consumers felt that the main reason workers did not want to address sexual health/relationship issues with them was because the worker was embarrassed. An online training module was developed to address these and other issues that presented as barriers for mental health professionals.

Conclusions: A key part of recovery for many people is about the development and maintenance of friendships and other intimate relationships, as well as developing skills to identify healthy / unhealthy situations or relationships and to take the appropriate actions. Mental health professionals are ideally placed to provide support.

Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2015

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