What is a healthy relationship???

Different people define relationships in different ways. But in order for a relationship to be healthy, it needs a few key ingredients. 

Always remember - relationships change as people grow and develop. With communication this could be in a positive direction. However things may change in a way you are not conformable with, if this happens you can always talk to someone. 

The following are some key aspects of a healthy relationship:

  • Open and honest communication 

  • Freedom to hold own and different opinions

  • Allows for individuality and celebrating this within the relationship 

  • Bringing out each others best qualities

  • Affection and closeness

  • Its okay to argue, but not to feel afraid during an argument

  • You are not being forced, coerced or unduly influenced into using illegal substances, alcohol or criminal behaviour 

  • Acknowledgement of own behaviour and does not blame partner for ones own behaviour or reaction

  • Does not check mobile phones, messages or emails

  • Encorages relationships with friends and family

  • Does not discourage your freedom of choice when it comes to getting dressed, wearing make-up or how you spend your time and money 

  • Does not play mind games

  • Believes in equality

I am LGBTQ+. Is my relationship healthy?

You know your relationship is probably healthy if your partner: 

  • Respects your chosen gender pronouns or name

  • Gives you space to hang out with your friends and family without thinking you are cheating

  • Doenst take your money or tell you what to buy

  • Never threatens to 'out' you to people

  • Never tells you you're not a real lesbian, gay man, trans-person, or whatever you identify as because you don't act (or have sex) they way that they want you to

  • Doesn't try to limit your contact with the LGBTQ+ scene

This information is up to date as of 28th March 2019 and will not be updated soon