Healthy Youth Relationships

mindyourmind and the Canadian Red Cross teamed up to work with a group of amazing youth to create social media awareness tools for the Healthy Youth Relationships Respect Education program. Learn more about the team and other tools they created.

  • Showing respect in your relationship means treating your partner in a way that honours their thoughts and values #NowIKnow #RedCrossRespect

  • You deserve respect  - no matter what  #RedCrossRespect

  • Respect for your partner's personal boundaries is a priority and important  #NowIKnow #RedCrossRespect

  • Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself! Let others know you deserve respect. #RedCrossRespect

  • Remember that people have different needs/wants in a relationship. #NowIknow #RedCrossRespect

  • Even during conflict and disagreements, be mindful of your partner’s feelings.  #RedCrossRespect

  • Never forward personal texts or pictures that someone sends you. It’s a violation of trust and privacy. #NowIKnow  #RedCrossRespect

  • What you post or send online is permanent. Even if you trust your partner, pictures and messages might not stay private.  #RedCrossRespect

  • You should never feel pressured to send someone something. Consent is needed online just as much as in person!  #RedCrossRespect

  • The meaning of messages can be lost in interpretation online, be aware of potential misunderstandings   #NowIKnow #RedCrossRespect

  • In a trusting relationship there is room and space in your daily lives to do your own thing. #NowIknow #RedCrossRespect

  • It’s important to make time for your friends and your own hobbies and interests. #RedCrossRespect

  • Trust in a relationship is built from open and honest communication. Don’t play games. #RedCrossRespect

  • Trust should increase over time in a healthy relationship. #NowIKnow #RedCrossRespect

  • Consent is about making sure someone genuinely wants to do whatever you are doing together. #RedCrossRespect

  • Consent is not passive. Not resisting or not saying anything is not giving consent. Only #YesMeansYes #RedCrossRespect

  • Free choice is key to consent, meaning it is not valid if given under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or pressure.  #RedCrossRespect

  • Consent is ongoing, meaning that it can change at any time. It should never be an assumption that consent is given. #RedCrossRespect

  • Just because there wasn’t a no doesn’t mean it’s a yes. Only #YesMeansYes #RedCrossRespect

  • Unhealthy relationships are not just cases of physical violence, but can include a lack of emotional support too. #RedCrossRespect

  • 62% of Canadian youth have experienced emotional violence in their relationship. #NowIknow #RedCrossRespect

  • Words are powerful.  Think about the lasting effect they may have on someone before you say them. #RedCrossRespect

  • In a healthy relationship you should feel comfortable and safe. A healthy relationship does not involve any violence. #RedCrossRespect

  • Remember to always be yourself. If others cannot accept that then it's time to reconsider your relationship with them.  #RedCrossRespect

  • It’s important for each person in the relationship to be open and honest with their partner. #RedCrossRespect

  • You should be able to express your thoughts and opinions in all your relationships, honestly and truthfully. #RedCrossRespect

  • Be clear and open about your boundaries. If you’re not sure about your partner’s boundaries, ask!  #RedCrossRespect

  • 67% of youth who experienced dating violence talked to a friend about it. It is important that we know how to help our friends. #RedCrossRespect

  • We have a responsibility to support people who are experiencing dating violence.  Part of being a good friend is providing support and caring for each other. #RedCrossRespect

  • If you are experiencing dating violence it is can be hard to ask for help.  Know that you are not alone and you can get through this. Talk to a friend, parent or trusted adult. #RedCrossRespect