We listened to hundreds of girls, young women and non-binary people to find out what they see their friends experiencing in all types of relationships and what stops young people from spotting toxic behaviours and red flags. They told us what helps them, or stops them,
intervening if their friend is in a toxic relationship and what would make them seek professional advice.
You can apply for a grant to use these ideas in your own groups and organisations, or to develop ideas of your own. All we ask is that your idea or project must:
- increase understanding about healthy, unhealthy and toxic relationships
- give people the knowledge and confidence to know how to keep their friends safe
We organised what we heard into eleven Themes which you can read about on here
Now, we are developing ideas for things young people can use to help their friends. Here are some of the ideas:
- connected TikToks which give practical information, tips and skits showing the challenges faced by LBT+ people in their relationships
- a commercial video which provides information on relationships, red and green flags and tips and advice for organisations who work with teenagers
- an Instagram campaign with quotes about what a good relationship looks like so you can open their eyes
- a simple series of posters which have QR codes that you can zap to go the advice to help you help your friend and that show red flags in relationships that you might be missing in your friend's relationships
- a Time to Step In Navigator where you answer yes/no questions that let you know when you need to step in and what you need to do to help your friend a podcast of young people in conversation about how to open a friend’s eyes about their relationship
Think about what a good way to raise awareness about toxic relationships in your community might be. Could you collect and share stories, have a poster campaign, write and perform a play or song or run an event?
What about setting up, or adapting, a peer support group in your youth club or school?
We’re interested in all good ideas to help you keep yourself and your friends safe.