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Thrive: Relationships

What's a healthy relationship anyway?

People define healthy relationships in different ways and it's fair to say that there isn't a 'one size fits all' approach to making a relationship work. However, there are some things that you should be striving for in a relationship, and some red flags that you should look out for. A relationship can be any connection with another person, be that a sexual relationship, a friendship, relationships with family members or professional relationships. 

If you are unsure whether your romantic relationship is healthy, you can take this quiz from Love Is Respect: 

If you are in a sexual relationship and would like information on your closest Sexual Health Clinic or Pharmacy which offers sexual health services, click here. If you would liek to be tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), you may be able to order a free STI testing kit online through Sexual Health London  which may mean that you don’t need to attend a Sexual Health Clinic in person. Brook is a charity which offers free sexual health information and contraception to under 25s. The closest branch to MDX campus is Brook Euston. Some charities also offer sexual health advice. FPA is a charity which champions people’s right to sexual and reproductive health and wellness. They offer information and advice offers around sexual health, relationships and topics such as consent and disability and sex.

Don't forget, if you feel that you need professional support, you can speak in confidence to the Counselling and Mental Health team (link on the homepage). 

London Survivor's Gateway offers survivors of rape and sexual abuse access to specialist services in London, working with anyone aged 13+ regardless of gender, sexuality, disability, language, ethnicity or immigration status. To access support, you can call them or complete an online form.

If you are suffering from domestic abuse, or you know someone who is, find support and advice here. It is really important that you speak to somebody to make sure that you are safe. 

You can find out more about sexual health and pregnancy on our Health Guides pages, and on domestic abuse on our domestic abuse page.