Relationships can be really fulfilling and enjoyable but they can sometimes be confusing and hard to navigate when things go wrong. No matter whether it be with your friends, romantic partner or family members, #YouDeserve to have healthy relationships.
Disclaimer: Due to the nature of some of the content, the Healthy Relationships campaign may not be suitable for some of TheSprout’s younger readers. If you find any of this information distressing, please speak to somebody you trust or contact one of the services provided within this article.
About the campaign
Everybody deserves to have healthy, loving, and fulfilling relationships with everyone in your life, from your friends, to your romantic partner and family members. Sometimes our relationships can be unhealthy or abusive, which can be harmful to our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. This campaign explores information about healthy relationships as well as personal experience and support for those who have unhealthy and abusive relationships.
#YouDeserve: Healthy Relationships is a two-week long information and experience sharing campaign curated by young people in Cardiff. Six young people will be posting specially created articles, videos and graphics looking in depth at healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships.
What can I expect from the campaign?
To keep up to date with the content, visit TheSprout every day and follow our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be reminded of new content. If you’d like to be part of the conversation, use the #YouDeserve hashtag! Here’s what you can expect to see throughout the campaign:
- #YouDeserve: Healthy Relationships Campaign
- The Spectrum of Relationships
- Bullied By My Best Friends
- Peggy’s Experience
- Eggshells: A Poem About Abusive Friendships
- Honour Based Abuse, Forced Marriage and FGM
- Surviving An Abusive Relationship
- How To Approach A Difficult Conversation With A Friend
- What Is Gaslighting?
- Married At First Sight – A Moral Dilemma
- Numb: A Domestic Abuse Poem
- Sexual Consent: Do You Get It?
- What’s All The Fuss About Sexting?
Who can I talk to about my relationships?
This campaign covers some sensitive topics about relationships that may help you to realise that you or someone that you care about may be experiencing an unhealthy or abusive relationship. #YouDeserve to be listened to and supported through anything that makes you feel worried, uncomfortable or scared. Here’s some useful contact information for services that you can access for any of the topics covered within this campaign:
- Meic – Meic is an advocacy, information and advice helpline for children and young people in Wales. You can contact Meic via phone, text or instant message on their website from 8AM – Midnight, 365 days a year.
- Live Fear Free – If you, a family member a friend, or someone you are concerned about has experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence, you can contact the Live Fear Free Helpline 24 hours a day 7 days a week, for free advice and support or to talk through your options.
- Galop – Galop is the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+ Domestic Abuse Helpline.
- Men’s Advice Line – Confidential advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse by a current or ex-partner or family member.
- National Domestic Abuse Helpline – This is a 24-hour helpline for women who have experienced domestic abuse, run by domestic violence charity Refuge. The women’s helpline run by female advisors is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can contact them online and they will ask for a safe way to respond to you.