Toxic relationships are very common among teenagers.
Where relationships start blossoming, so does the potential for abuse so it’s really, really important to know what’s healthy and what’s not.
Here are some red and green flags to look out for in your romantic relationships and in your friends’.
Checking in with them
If you’ve been worried about a friend lately, here’s how you might gently try to start a conversation. The most important thing is to actively listen to what they say, and make them feel heard even if you might not agree with what they are saying. Your reassurance and support could be really life-changing for them. For more in depth information on how to support a friend click here.
Hey b, wanna come meet me by the bench at lunch? i miss eating with u! it's been weeks
I'm not feeling v well x
What's up? Is it about M being out of order this morning in assembly? I saw what they did and I'm always here to chat 💕
They were just being stupid it's ok xx
I hear you. I think that would've hurt me tbh. Just looking out for you because i wanna see u smiling and happyyyy 😊 I've noticed u looking a bit low lately
Ur sweet, I'm ok I promise - it's just banter, and they're not like that when we're out of school. Think they do it cuz the others are there 🙄 x
Hmm banter can be pretty hurtful. And it's not the first time I've seen them being kinda disrespectful to u like that u know. I'm not judging - just know I'm here if u wanna chat. Just got to the bench and I have a crappy sandwich to share lol 💖
Ok I'll come there in 5 x
See u soon. I've got you x
Actually babe sorry M's just called, they wanna have lunch with me now.. x
That's ok, I'll see you in class later 😊 love u