Just in time for Valentine’s Day, students at Red River College will have the opportunity to talk about intimate relationships and related issue — such as the importance of consent — in an interactive workshop aimed at promoting better health and well-being.
Taking place at noon on Tue., Feb. 13, the College’s first-ever Cupcakes and Condoms event was facilitated by Klinic Community Health and the Sexual Education Resource Centre (SERC), and delivered as part of RRC’s Healthy Minds Healthy College (HMHC) Initiative.
Breanna Sawatzky, Mental Health Coordinator at RRC, says it’s important for students to have access to workshops such as this one, so they can feel empowered to make healthy decisions.
“We know that strong, healthy relationships — whether intimate or platonic — are key to personal well-being,” Sawatzky says.
“The Public Health Agency of Canada found that adults with strong relationships are more likely to report high life satisfaction and good mental health. Conversely, experiencing disrespect, harassment, abuse and sexual assault take a toll on one’s mental health and well-being, and are risk factors for developing certain mental illnesses.”
Through the HMHC initiative, RRC hosts several events each year to help students, staff and faculty dealing with mental health problems, while promoting wellness, recovery and resilience for all.
For Sawatzky, whose role was created in 2016, that means creating a comfortable environment in which students and staff can learn and share.
“When students are here at College, we want them to be safe from harassment, abuse, and assault; to know what to do if they experience these; and importantly, to know how to form and sustain healthy relationships,” she says.
“Klinic and SERC are leaders in promoting sexual health through education, so they’re a natural fit to educate our students on these important topics. Including free red velvet cupcakes — supplied by Lilac Bakery — and condoms for all who attend is a way to make this learning fun and enjoyable.”