Health Psychology and SRE

 

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Health psychologists work within an array of backgrounds helping people of all ages to deal with the psychological and emotional aspects of health and illness. As well as using their knowledge of psychology and health to promote general well-being and understanding illness, health psychologists are trained to promote healthier lifestyles to encourage people to improve their health. This can be done on a one-to-one basis, in groups, within families or at a larger population level within organisations, institutions and health authorities. To find out more about the British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology visit the DHP website.

Health affects everyone! This is especially so in relation to sexual health whereby the negative outcomes of sexual risk-taking behaviour are global in scope. All too often unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and abortion rates are hitting the headlines urging the Government to do more to educate and support young people. Up until now schools, sexual health promoters and health educators have tried to address the sexual health related problems in the UK, but more needs to be done to give young people the sexual health knowledge to make informed choices over their personal relationships and sexual behaviour.

Let’s work together! In order to ensure young people get effective SRE and the sexual health information they need comprehensive sex education programs need to be developed so schools, parents and qualified health professionals can work together. For more information check out this article and please don’t hesitate to contact Dr Triece Turnbull for more information on how Health Psychology can help and inform SRE and sexual health practices within your school, organisation or institution.

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