Relationships are a big part of life. Having close friends that you can count on, trust and spend time with is important. Some may find it easier to make friends than others. That's why it's good to understand what makes a healthy relationship.

Some important things to know:

  • A healthy relationship is one where both people are happy, comfortable, and treat each other with respect.
  • You may have relationships with many different people such as your family, friends, teachers, support workers and coaches.
  • You may act differently with some people, like your family or friends, than you do with others, like your doctors or teachers.

A good friend:

  • Accepts you as you are, respects your opinion and wants what's best for you.
  • Isn't mean or bossy, keeps your secrets and doesn't tease you in a way that's hurtful.
  • Makes you feel special and is there for you whether you're happy or sad.

To feel safe, you have the right to:

  • Say no in a relationship.
  • Choose who you want to have a relationship with and how close you want to be.
  • Decide whether or not you would like to have more relationships in your life.

A good way to meet new people, is to get involved in activities you enjoy. For a list of organizations that offer programs or activities for people of varying abilities, check out the Life Skills, Social Skills, Recreation & Fitness section of the Community Access, Advocacy & Support Resources list.

As well, if you are interested in programs that help youth develop relationship skills, contact the Family and Community Resource Centre at 403-955-3272 or toll free at 1-877-943-FCRC.