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Healthy Relationships are With People Who Are:

  • Kind
  • Caring
  • There to listen to you
  • Comfortable to be around
  • Respectful
  • Safe
  • Supportive

 

Healthy relationships can be with friends, family, or any adult in your life.

What Does It Mean to Be a Good Friend?

A good friend is:

  • Kind
  • Caring
  • Someone who listens to you
  • Comfortable to be around
  • Respectful
  • Safe
  • Encouraging
  • Fun

 

Sounds a lot like a healthy relationship doesn’t it?

Healthy relationships are not just with others. They are with you, too! You can be a good friend to yourself by being kind, encouraging, and nice like you would be to a friend.

In a healthy relationship, you have safe secrets and safe touches.

Safe Secrets are something fun! Like a surprise. They do not make you feel upset or sad.

Safe Touches are fun, comfortable, and caring. They are respectful to you and your space, like a high five or a hug.

Consent is asking if something is okay to do, like “Can I give you a hug?”. The person can say no if they want to and that is okay! You are also allowed to say no to any unwanted touching, and that is okay, too!

If someone asks you to do something that is unsafe or uncomfortable, you can say “No,” “Stop,” or “I don’t want to. These are your personal safety rules.

Body Boundary Rules: no one should look at, touch, or take pictures of your body without your permission (Permission means that you are saying yes).

Further Resources

If you would like to speak to someone about mental health issues, the Alberta Health Services Mental Health Help Line is available 24/7, offering information and referrals on any aspect of mental health.

Call toll-free: 1-877-303-2642

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