Healthy Relationships

Whether romantic, friendly or familial, healthy relationships are mutually supportive and beneficial to the individuals that are a part of them. An individual in a healthy relationship has self-respect, and she or he honors the strengths in the relationship, acknowledges weaknesses in it, and is open and direct in her/his communication.

Recognizing an unhealthy relationship

It is important to know the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Some core signs of a healthy relationship include:

Healthy relationships are not perfect, but these are the kind of relationships that can weather both ups and downs.

If a relationship is less than healthy, steps can be taken to improve it or end it.  Friends, family, and counselors can play a useful and supportive role when identifying an unhealthy relationship.

How do I help a friend in an unhealthy relationship?

 The Women’s Center provides individual counseling and offers firesides on healthy relationships.

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