“A set ofplans that supports people to reduce harm to themselves and their communities,through the sharing of related information, facts, and helpful material tools,that will allow them to make learned and informed decisions. It knows the skill of their efforts toprotect themselves, their loved ones and their communities.” (Harm ReductionConsidered and Applied)
Example ofHarm Reduction: Needle Exchange Program
-Aims toprevent the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases among intravenous drugusers by exchanging old needles for new ones
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“Safersex” means making sex safer: safer from sexually transmitted infections(STI’s), safer from unplanned pregnancy and safer from violence. It means taking control, having self-respectand respect for partners.
Sexis a normal and healthy part of our lives.
Today,there are many types of infections that are spread through sex. Theseinfections are called sexually transmitted infections or STI’s. Some are easily cured. Some infections haveno cure. There are many kinds of STI’s, and they can badly affect yourhealth. You should know about STI’sbecause they can affect your ability to have children later in life. Some canalso cause cancer. AIDS is fatal. In Canada, thehighest rates and increases in STI’s are in young people ages 15 to 24.
Ifyou are having sex, or thinking about having sex, you need to know how to avoidSTI’s.
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Sexuality isthe condition of being known or noted by sex. Sexuality affects thoughts, feelings, actions, interactions, and therebyour mental and physical health. Withinevery community, there is a range of personal and social moral, beliefs, valuesand ethics related to sexuality. Therole of sexuality changes throughout the stages of an individual’s life.
Sexualidentity has many sides and includes our sex, gender, sexual nature, and sexualexpression. Our sexual identity has manysides:
Sex: Am Imale or female? Refers to our biologicalfemaleness or maleness. There are twolevels: genetic (our chromosomal sex) and our anatomical sex (the external andinternal sexual organs). A person canalso be inter-sexual (mixed sexual characteristics).
Gender:Describes the mental and social meaning added to being a man or a woman.
GenderIdentity: Our personal sense of “I am a man, I am a woman” (which may or maynot be the same as birth sex, e.g. transgender).
Gender Role: What roles do men and women adopt? What’s different? What’s thesame? Gender role is a collection ofattitudes and behaviors that are considered normal and correct in a specificculture for a particular sex.
SexualNature: To whom, am I sexually and emotionally attracted? Sexual nature refers to our capacity todevelop intimate, emotional, and/or sexual relationships with the same sex(lesbian, gay), the other sex (heterosexual), or both sexes (bisexual).
Biology:What changes will I go through at puberty? What effect will my hormones have on me? What physical and mental changes will I experience at various lifestages?
Relationships:How do I know who I am? How will Irelate to others?
Values andBeliefs: How do I make choices about what is right and wrong? What is the basis for my sexualdecision-making? How do my cultureand/or religion shape my values and beliefs regarding sexuality?
ReproductiveDecisions: How important is it to me, to be a parent? Will I become a parent? If so, when and with whom? If not, what will I do to prevent that?
SexualHealth: How will I remain sexually healthy? How can I protect my partner and myself, now and in the future, fromdiseases and emotional harm?
Feelings:What feelings do I have about sexuality and sexual relationships? How do I experience intimacy?
SocialSkills: How secure do I feel in social settings? Do I know the right limits?
Thoughts,Fantasies: Sometimes I will just wonder about things or imagine them: is itsomething I would choose to do or not? How would I handle this?
Media: Howdo the media (TV shows, movies, music videos, print materials) show sexrelationships, and other sexuality issues?
(Source: Beyond the Basics: A Sourcebook on Sexual andReproductive Health Education. 2001)
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Self-esteem is how valuable, loveable, worthwhile andskilled we feel – is crucial to accepting, maintaining, and enhancing sexualhealth. Self-esteem is based on lifeexperiences and personal relationships. It changes over time, depending on life circumstances.
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Tips for a Good Night Out
You love your mates (most of the time!) and we love them too. So when you're drinking, stick together and look out for each other. It's best if someone in the team isn't going to get too wrecked and they can keep an eye out for the rest.
If you don't want to disturb anyone else (i.e. sleepy Mum or Dad, angry older brother...) put some cash aside for a taxi home (in your shoe is a good safe spot where you won't spend it). If you share, you can save some ping as well.
This is probably not such a crash hot idea. If you have to walk home, try to walk with a friend. Don't let your friends wander off by themselves either,especially if they are less than on to it.
Drinking alcohol is your choice and you can choose to make it rad or bad. Sometimes, less is more. Have a few, feel good, but not out of control. Listen to your body and think about your own limit-and tomorrow morning
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What arepeople feeling when they're angry?
Your familyaffects your feelings a lot because you spend a lot of time with them. Somedays you may be having a bad day and be in a bad mood, other days one of themmay be feeling that way.
What happens if you explode atsomeone?
What happens if you keep anger inside?
What is a good way to deal with anger?
Youcan let anger OUT without hurting yourself or others.
To cooldown notice the physical feelings of your anger - like your heartbeat. Tenseyour muscles, then relax them. Take a long, deep breath, hold it, then let itout slowly. Talk with a friend. Think of something that makes you feel good toreplace the angry feeling. Let some time pass... Now that you've cooled downagain do some thinking about the feelings behind the anger. Thisreally works
Dealing with someone who gets mad atyou?
Once they've had their say
Some peopleshow their anger by threatening or hurting you. Their anger has now turned intoviolence. Violence is not OK ever. It is a crime and the person should not beallowed to get away with it.
People whouse anger to get their own way are bullies. A bully can be anyone - a member ofyour family, someone your own age, a stranger, or someone you thought was afriend. You should never have to do anything because you're afraid of someone.
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You can dosomething about being bullied. Bullying makes a person feel lousy - frightenedand like a piece of nothing. The sooner you stop feeling like this the betteryou'll feel about yourself. You'll feel more relaxed and safer.
Tellsomeone you trust now for help and support (a teacher you trust or your schoolcounsellor, older friend, parents). Make it clear to them that it is a realproblem for you and something must be one about it. Keep telling people untilsomething is done.
Don't beworried about telling someone about being bullied. It's not your fault. Tellingsomeone is the best way of sticking up for yourself there is.
Don't thinkyou'll get into worse trouble with the person (or people) who are hassling you.When you talk to someone it means you're not alone any longer, and you canthink of ways to overcome the problem together.
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A peer issomeone around your age. A peer could be someone in your class at school or a friend on a sports team or in an after-school activity.
Negative peer pressure is when one of your peers encourages you with words to dosomething that is wrong, dangerous, or illegal. Examples could be cheating onschoolwork, stealing, smoking or using other drugs and alcohol.
"Peer pressure occurs when the individual experiences implicit or explicit persuasion, sometimes amounting to coercion, to adopt similar values, beliefs,and goals, or to participate in the same activities as those in the peer group.(Bourne, 1998)" Often it is the case during hazing incidents that those being initiated find themselves in a situation where they are unable to resist the peer pressure to participate. If several members of a group are being initiated at the same time without objection, it is unlikely that one member will object to the activities, for fear of being singled out. That one memberwill more likely go along with the activity because his/her peers are there going through the same thing, or because she or she is being pressured by the members of the group to comply.
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