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Thrive: Relationships

An overview of resources and support to keep you thriving at University.

Personal relationships

Personal relationships can have a great impact on your wellbeing, be that positive or negative. 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 relationships work - be they familial, professional or personal. 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.


What's a healthy relationship anyway?

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, read up to date advice on topics such as consent and keeping safe on the health and wellbeing page. If you would like information on your closest Sexual Health Clinic or Pharmacy which offers sexual health services, click here. If you would like 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 with any kind of relationship, 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. 



Consent: A deeper dive

Books from the collection on relationships