World Sexual Health Day
Help youth understand and prevent risky sexual behaviors!
September 4th is World Sexual Health Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines sexual health as “physical, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality.” Sexual health is about more than just avoiding sexually transmitted diseases, it’s also a part of one’s overall physical and mental well-being. Issues like consent and sexual assault are key components of sexual health.
Empower youth to reduce sexual risks by forming healthy relationships, resisting peer pressure, and being informed about strategies to avoid having sex, and using effective contraception if they do have sex. Help youth take a smart approach to their sexual health and general well-being.
- Check out resources on We Think Twice that can help youth form healthy relationships, set goals, and feel confident in their decision to not have sex or engage in other risky behaviors.
- Share the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) in locations where people in your program will see it.
- Use our tip sheet to integrate self-regulation concepts and strategies into your program to help youth make responsible decisions and stay healthy.
- Download and share our infographic on sexually transmitted diseases.
- Raise awareness of the sexual health needs of youth with disabilities by sharing this tip sheet.
- Share this healthy relationships infographic with youth you serve to help them learn to recognize the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships.