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Signposts children and young people in Wiltshire to sources of support for good mental health and emotional wellbeing

Relationships

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Relationships


Relationships can be really complicated sometimes.

Friends and family really can be great sources of support if you feel low, even if you don’t always see eye to eye. You might be surprised to find that they do understand how you are feeling! Think about the people that are around you who can help and remember that thoughts and feelings are important – they’re never too trivial.

Its quite normal to have ups and downs in relationships. However, when do the downs become more frequent? Are they then in danger of becoming more damaging? Domestic violence affects many families and couples – this is when there is violence or aggression within the home or the relationship. It’s never OK for someone to be violent towards you or another person.

Exploitation

Sometimes people will try to exploit us in our relationships. Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves manipulation of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity. It can cause anxiety and leave young people traumatised. It is important that you talk to someone you trust and seek support

It’s not all right for someone to:

  • Threaten to end your relationship if you don’t have sex.
  • Ask or make you have sex with other people.
  • Expect sex in return for food or a place to stay.
  • Share drugs or alcohol with you in return for sexual acts.
  • Threaten to stop being friends if you don’t perform sexual dares.
  • Give you gifts or money in return for sexual acts.
  • Ask you to take sexual photos of yourself or share them online or by text.
  • Threaten to humiliate or share sexual images of you if you don’t carry out more sex acts.

– See more at: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/cse-advice-young-for-people#sthash.4LpBrIUw.dpuf

Stick with mates a similar age to you a good mate won’t ask you to do stuff you’re uncomfortable with

If you feel you can’t say no, ask yourself: ‘Am I in a safe situation?’

If someone offers you something for free, ask what they want in return

Listen to your body;  a fast, pounding heartbeat and churning stomach are signs you feel unsafe.

Be careful what personal details including photos you give out online, by phone, or in real life.

Make sure you know where you are going and how to get home. Have credit and charge on your phone.

Make sure someone you trust always knows where you are.

Drinking and taking drugs can make you unaware of unsafe situations and you can become a target for people who may hurt you.

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