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Topic Tuesday // Sexuality and intimacy // Tues 24 July, 7pm AEDT

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At SANE we were over-whelmed a while back at the level of response to our sex and intimacy survey.  Many of those responses were from carers who honestly shared the complications that mental illness had introduced into their relationship.

In this Topic Tuesday we’ll be sharing some of those findings along with strategies that couples have developed to help them deal with the changes they faced.

Please join SANE Help Centre Manager @suzanne for a real and honest discussion about sex, physical intimacy and the connection with our mental health.

 

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Re: Topic Tuesday // Sexuality and intimacy // Tues 24 July, 7pm AEDT

Welcome everyone to tonight’s conversation about the impact of mental health concerns on sex and (non-sexual) physical intimacy. 

 

Last year I was invited to take part in a conference panel about sex and intimacy and its relationship with mental illness.  I developed an online survey in the lead up to the conference thinking that it would be brilliant if about 50 people completed.  I was delighted when over 2000 took the time to share their thoughts and experiences.  It certainly made us realise at SANE how few opportunities there are to talk about this topic and how little easily accessible support and information is out there. 

 

So today I want to give you a chance to talk about your experiences and concerns.  And also to share with you some of the survey responses.  Particularly all the amazing ideas and suggestions that people shared:  Real life experience and real-life solutions.  And that’s really what the forums are all about.

 

We want to have an open and honest conversation.  But just a reminder about sticking to our forum guidelines and avoiding anything too graphic Smiley Happy

 

Re: Topic Tuesday // Sexuality and intimacy // Tues 24 July, 7pm AEDT

So, to kick us off - what would people like to gain from this discussion?  Is it simply sharing?  Or are you hoping for some stragies?

Re: Topic Tuesday // Sexuality and intimacy // Tues 24 July, 7pm AEDT

learn about strategies in overcoming difficulties in physical intimacy with a mental illness

Re: Topic Tuesday // Sexuality and intimacy // Tues 24 July, 7pm AEDT

Both @suzanne Smiley Very Happy

Re: Topic Tuesday // Sexuality and intimacy // Tues 24 July, 7pm AEDT

I am wondering if it is healthy to have a sexual relationship if either or both of the participants are mentally unstable . I am aware that Areyevedic Medicine ( Vedic Medicine ) believes that abstinance is necessary for a mentally sick person . What are your thoughts ?

 

Re: Topic Tuesday // Sexuality and intimacy // Tues 24 July, 7pm AEDT

Please excuse my poor spelling there .

 

Re: Topic Tuesday // Sexuality and intimacy // Tues 24 July, 7pm AEDT

Before I start sharing some of the info, I'd like to welcome @Klay @MiaMark @Sherry @BVSW @LadyLover62 @MissHellFire @jackbox40 @outlander @mmikkemik @Morticia @BlueBay @Shaz51 @Shakeelah25 @Murmurs @Sarcastrophe @gopals1 @E_P_M  and everyone else who would like to join us!

Re: Topic Tuesday // Sexuality and intimacy // Tues 24 July, 7pm AEDT

aww thanks! <3

Re: Topic Tuesday // Sexuality and intimacy // Tues 24 July, 7pm AEDT

Hello @gopals1, @suzanne, @Shakeelah25 

I think touch is very important, sitting together, holding hands xx 

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