Resources For Youth

Tips For Youth

Healthy Relationships

What is a healthy relationship? A healthy relationship is based on trust and respect.

It’s when…

You feel safe

You are able to express your thoughts and feelings

You listen to each other

You feel like you can be yourself

You enjoy spending time together

You trust each other

You are there for each other

You try and help one another during hard times

You can have different opinions and interests

You can compromise, apologize and talk things out

You can say “No” to things you don’t want to do

You don’t have to spend all your time together

In a healthy relationship, you feel valued, respected, safe and free to be yourself.

What is an Unhealthy Relationship?

In unhealthy relationships, you…

Are not able to be yourself

Are scared to disagree

Feel fearful and threatened

Feel isolated and alone

Feel the person doesn’t respect when you say “no”

Are hurt physically

Are hurt sexually

Are being blamed for his/her behaviour

Are being yelled at all the time, constantly criticized, often feeling embarrassed and humiliated

Feel that she/he is jealous, possessive and controlling

Are being lied to

Are being told that you are wrong, stupid, crazy, or worthless

Feel you have to change yourself in order to make the relationship work… please, get help!

Getting Help

In an emergency, always call 911.

If you or a friend is experiencing any warning signs of an unhealthy relationship, get help! Talk to an adult you trust (parents, teacher, guidance counsellor, doctor). If you can’t find and adult to talk to, you can contact:
Kids Help Phone

Tel: 1-800-668-6868

Assaulted Women’s Helpline

Website:

Tel: 1-866-863-0511

Justice for Children & Youth

Website

Tel: 1-866-999-JFCY(5329)

Other Resources

Love is not abuse

Love is Respect

Sexuality and U

That’s Not Cool

Planned Parenthood – Info for Teens

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