Healthy Relationships

A relationship is whatever you make it but what’s important is that the person you are with shares your expectations. The most important relationship to start with is the one with yourself – you need to know yourself in order to get the most out of life. So take some time out and think about what qualities you like and admire in people.

  • Honesty
  • Someone who listens to you
  • Someone who accepts you for you
  • Sense of Humour

The key to any relationship is communication. Make sure you both want and expect the same things. In order to maintain a healthy relationship you should:

  • Talk Openly. If something is bothering you, it’s best to talk about it instead of bottling it up.
  • Respect Your Partner. Let your partner know that you value their feelings and opinions. Mutual respect is essential in maintaining healthy relationships.
  • Compromise. It’s natural to not always agree, but it’s important that you find a way to compromise if you disagree on something. Try to resolve conflict in a fair and rational way.
  • Be Supportive. Offer reassurance and encouragement to your partner. Also, let them know when you need their support.
  • Respect Each Other’s Privacy. Just because you’re in a relationship, doesn’t mean you have to share everything and constantly be together. Healthy relationships require space.

Want to know more about your relationship? Take the Respect Yourself Campaign Relationship Health Checker:

Consent

“Consent is not an abstract legal concept in young peoples’ lives, but an issue which connects gender and victim blame in many and complex ways.” Coy, M., Kelly, L., Elvines, F., Garner, M., & Kanyeredzi, A. (2013) “Sex without consent, I suppose that is rape”.

What is consent?

What can you do to help?*

*This video contains a reconstruction of harassment and suggested rape. Some viewers may find this video distressing.

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