‘Coffee & condoms’: the implementation of a sexual health programme in acute psychiatry in an inner city area


Lesley Woolf, 26 Princes Terrace, Kemptown Brighton BN2 5JS England


A sexual health programme was set up specifically to target mentally ill individuals, providing a distinct group of interventions designed to assist this specialist cohort in acquiring knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will directly contribute to their mental health The programme consisted of gender-specific and mixed groups, a drop-in service, condom provision and a full-time programme coordinator Areas covered were safer-sex, knowledge of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, assertiveness and practical skills of condom use Mental health nurses possessed the skills to offer sexual health advice to mentally ill individuals Mentally ill individuals were enthusiastic to attend groups, and were able to participate in the programme