Skills and Development
Having the conversation...
Many people find it hard to have a conversation about sexual health as it is considered a 'taboo' subject. Public Health would like to break down the stigma around sexual health and get people talking.
It is important to remember why you are having this conversation to begin with. Has an individual come to you for advice or are you wanting to tell them about sexual health services that could support them? The conversation will be different for each individual. This could be dependent on their age and circumstance. It is important to keep in mind not one size fits all. Not one conversation will be the same even if you are talking about the same subject matter. If you have any concerns, there are organisations such as the Terrence Higgins Trust who are happy to talk and they also offer free training sessions. We have provided some simple tips which may help conversations flow;
Training for professionals and the community in Suffolk is provided by Terrence Higgins Trust. They provide training on the following across Suffolk:
- Providing free condoms to young people using the C-Card scheme and chlamydia screening
- Introduction to sexual health
- HIV awareness
- Tackling homophobia
- Other bespoke training including working with young people around sexual health.
To enquire about upcoming training, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01473 393100
Training sessions can also be found at www.suffolkcpd.co.uk under 'multiagency training'. Just search Terrence Higgins Trust in the search bar.
To find out about e-learning opportunities and useful blogs and videos, please visit the Suffolk Sexual Health Network page.
To find out more information about local conferences and national workshops, you could join the Suffolk Sexual Health Network to receive updates:
Page reviewed and updated March 2020. Next Review: September 2020