Algoma Public Health

Healthy Relationships

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What is a healthy relationship?

A healthy relationship is when people feel safe, comfortable, honest, trust, caring, share power, respect, and have open communication with each other (Alberta Health Services, teaching sexual health, 2017).


Strong healthy relationships help us to manage stress effectively, problem-solve and overcome life’s challenges. They have a direct impact on our well-being and even on our life expectancy.


Relationships over the course of life may include relationships with family, friends, co-workers, intimate relationships and relationships with one or more folks. One of the most important relationships, is the one you have with yourself. It’s important to know, love, respect, have a sense of personal identity, self-esteem and know your self-worth being getting into any intimate relationships with other people.


Not every relationship is healthy and is important to recognize signs of an unhealthy relationship. Here are some questions to ask yourself:


  1. Is this person interested in your well-being?
  2. Does this person care how you feel about things?
  3. Is there open communication?
  4. Does this person support you?
  5. Does this person respect and value you?

If you answered no to any of these questions, it may be time to evaluate the relationship.



You can contact the Sexual Health Information Line (SHIL) through Algoma Public Health to discuss healthy relationships: 705-541-7100 or toll-free 1-800-726-0398


Important Contact Numbers

There are additional options that you can contact if you are seeking support: 

Contacts in Algoma:


Contacts in Canada: