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strong and healthy relationships

Good relationships can make you feel happy and confident. They can help get you through tough times. It’s deadly to share, care, laugh and love with your mob and bond over culture, community, kinship and family.

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Family relationships can sometimes break down because of many reasons. Disagreements, arguments and fights with family can leave you feeling down.

Maintaining your relationship with your family and keeping it strong can be really important in helping you feel deadly. Relationships with family can sometimes be tough, so there’s no shame in talking to someone you can trust about what’s going on and how to get things back on track.

signs of an unhealthy relationship with your partner

  • possessiveness

    When they’re checking up on you all the time and controlling where you go and who you see.

  • Jealousy

    When they accuse you of cheating, keep you from seeing your mob or talking to other people.

  • Put downs

    When they run you down, shame you up and say stuff that makes you feel like you’re no good.

  • Threats

    When they make threats that they will hurt you, your mob or your friends. Yelling, sulking and breaking things are forms of abuse.

  • Physical or Sexual Violence

    Shoving, hitting, forcing you to have sex or do things you don’t want to do.

When relationships aren’t good, and close friendships and relationships break down, it can be really hard to deal with. You may notice that you feel down, have less motivation to do things, have trouble sleeping or lose your appetite.

Maintaining friendships and keeping them strong is not always easy. Some friends make you laugh, some are always there for you, some have been around for as long as you can remember.

Different friendships will keep you happy and strong in different parts of your life. Friendships will change over time and sometimes they can turn into unhealthy relationships.Not all friends are good for you and it’s important to figure out which ones are strong and which ones you are better off without.

Look after yourself

If you have noticed a change in yourself or a friend, it can be helpful to yarn with someone:

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How headspace can help

headspace is your space to yarn safe. headspace can help you or a friend with any problems you have with; physical health, mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol, work, school and study.


headspace has centres where you can yarn to someone face-to-face, or you can contact our online and telephone support service, eheadspace or 1800 650 890. Remember, if you or a friend have a big worry and need urgent medical help, you need to call 000 straight away.


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