Healthy relationships are an important part of life. They remind us that we are valued and allow us to share the joys and challenges of life with others. Everyone has the right to feel respected in their relationships whether that be in an intimate relationship, friendships or work colleagues (just to name a few).
Healthy relationships bring more happiness than sadness or stress. The other person doesn’t scare you and you can talk openly about your feelings.
Relationships can and will go through hard times, having disagreements and feeling unhappy are things we all face at different stages. Sometimes it can be hard to know what is normal and what isn’t. Many relationships go through ups and downs, but abuse is a repeating pattern of behaviour. You should never feel unsafe in a relationship!
Check out some helpful and fun resources on healthy relationships below:
- Healthy Relationships | 1800RESPECT
- Building and maintaining healthy relationships | healthdirect
- Healthy Relationship Resources for Teens (healthyrelationshipsinitiative.org)
- Healthy Relationships (Planet Puberty)
These are also some other non-verbal activities that could help teach these important life lessons.