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Only you know if you’re ready to date
A good place to start is when:
You know yourself well - what you like, what you don’t like, what you’re good at and what you believe in.
You feel comfortable in yourself and you’re happy with who you are.
You know what you’re looking for in a partner.
You’re aware of what a healthy relationship looks like and what some signs are of an unhealthy are.
You want to date because you like someone, not because you like the idea of having someone.
You know why you want to date and it’s not because everyone else is.
You’re aware of your boundaries - what you’re ready for and what you’re NOT ready for when it comes to the physical stuff.
What makes for a healthy relationship?
What are some signs of an unhealthy relationship?
Sometimes it’s not easy to spot the warning signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Here are some red flags:
Abusive behaviours like possessiveness, jealousy, manipulation, isolation, insults, temper tantrums, yelling and physical violence – Abuse is never ok.
They embarrass you in public or constantly put you down.
They check in on you all the time and you feel like you’re constantly under surveillance.
They pressure you for sex, nudes or to engage in risky behaviours even after you’ve said no.
They lie to you – it can be both what they say, and what they don’t say.
They scare or intimidate you.
They check your phone, social media or emails – no-one has the right to invade your privacy.
There’s a lack of fairness or equality.
They pressure you to change who you are, who your friends are or what you do.
"If you have any concerns about a person you’re dating, don’t ignore how you’re feeling. Talking to someone can help you get perspective on what’s happening"
Relationships can be tricky
It may take some time to find the right person for you.
Relationships are supposed to be positive and fun.
Sure, you might not always agree but if you feel disempowered, scared or uncomfortable you might be in an unhealthy relationship.
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