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The relationships you have as a teen are a very special and important part of your life. That’s why a fight with a close friend can hurt so much. It’s also why it can be so frustrating when the people who should know you best — like your family — don’t seem to understand you. This section of girlshealth.gov can give you skills for building strong and healthy relationships of all types. You can learn about:
- Forming healthy relationships
- Working through problems in your relationships
- All about friendships
- Safe and healthy dating
- Getting along with your family
- Participating in your community
If you or someone you know feels unsafe
Are you feeling unsafe? Do you have a friend who is in a dangerous relationship? If so, you should seek help immediately from a parent/guardian, teacher, doctor, nurse, or counselor right away!
In our safety in relationships section you can also learn:
- The signs of an unhealthy relationship
- How to protect yourself from rape and date rape
- How to stay safe if someone is hurting you
If you are feeling unsafe, here are some important phone numbers:
National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
ChildHelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
These hotlines are free, private, and open 24 hours a day.
Relationships take a lot of time and care to be healthy. Healthy relationships are fun and can make you feel good about yourself. When you’ve finished reading this section about healthy relationships, try taking these quizzes to see how much you have learned!
Content last updated September 22, 2009