Know your worth. A simple statement that has powerful implications, especially for teens navigating relationships.
Know your Worth
All deserve to have these basic components in all relationships: respect, equality, honesty, trust, communication, boundaries and consent. If one of these are missing, more than likely you are not in a healthy relationship and your worth is not being valued.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a time to really focus on teaching and modeling respectful behaviors in relationships so as teens begin dating they know what to look for and aspire to in their own relationships.
In the same way, there are warning signs of abuse, there are warning signs of an unhealthy relationship, some are more easy to see than others. A few typical warning signs include:
- Checking your phone, email, or social media accounts without your permission
- Putting you down frequently, especially in front of others
- Isolating you from friends or family (physically, emotionally or financially)
- Extreme jealousy or insecurity
- Explosive outburst, temper or mood swings
- Any form of physical harm
- Possessiveness or controlling behavior
- Pressuring you or forcing you to have sex
If you or someone you know is in an unhealthy relationship or you want to know more about how to help, reach out to Hands of Hope, a division of Radiant Health at 765-664-0701 in Grant County or 260-563-4407 in Wabash County.