What does good health care look like? A positive health care experience can look like many things to different people. It's not about perfect scripts, it’s about increasing capacity to provide affirming care for diverse people and communities. Although Canada’s health care system is universal, not everyone has equal access to the care they need and deserve, which results in health disparities. When it comes to mental health and sexual health, individuals may feel hesitant to access health care due to concerns around or previous experiences of stigma and discrimination. This handbook includes scenarios, discussion prompts, and tips for health care professionals to provide comprehensive and affirming care related to mental and sexual health and all the ways they intersect.
This handbook was produced as part of Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week, an annual campaign hosted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights to promote sexual and reproductive health in Canada.