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December Wellbeing Spotlight

December’s wellbeing spotlight is on sexual health and healthy relationships

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Everyone deserves healthy relationships. Love is Respect define a healthy relationship as one which includes healthy communication, healthy boundaries, mutual respect, and support for one another.  If you aren’t sure if your relationships are healthy, you can start off by taking a short quiz from Love Is Respect. If you have questions about your relationship and whether it is or isn’t healthy, contact Love is Respect’s advocates 24/7 via text, phone, or live chat to discuss your situation and what to do next. It is tricky to group behaviours in to categories, but the below graphic from Love is Respect can be a useful starting point.



Consent is an ongoing mutual agreement between partners about what they want to experience. You may have heard the phrase ‘no means no’ and while that is true, it doesn’t provide a complete picture of consent. Read about what consent means from Love is Respect, and take a read of this slideshow from the Changing the Culture Initiaitve. The red flags listed below are from Love is Respect.


Your sexual health

Your sexual health is just another part of your overall wellbeing, and though you might feel embarrassed to talk about it or reach out for support, don’t forget that for healthcare professionals this is just their day job and they will have seen and heard it all before!

Find out more about sexual health and healthy relationships on UniHub including how to protect yourself from STIs, how to regularly test yourself for STIs if you are sexually active, preventing pregnancy and how to check yourself for common cancers in men and women.

Support if you experience abuse of any kind

If you are a victim of abuse, remember that this is not your fault. Abuse can include coercive control and ‘gaslighting’, economic abuse, online abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, honour based violence and/or forced marriage and more. Find support on UniHub. Every effort should be made to contact the Police on 999 and national charities that can provide wide-ranging support. In emergencies, we can arrange swift access to a safe space if necessary; contact Care and Concern for confidential help (the Care and Concern email address and form will be monitored through the Christmas closure period and you can expect a response in 24 hours. Always contact the police in an emergency). If you can’t speak out loud on the phone, try to whisper or follow the procedures here. Your browser history can be monitored without your knowledge and it can never be wiped completely. Learn more about staying safe online and remember to clear your history after visiting these websites/links if you are worried that somebody may be checking your internet history.

Missed last month’s spotlight?

If you missed last month’s spotlight on disability awareness, read the announcement here and watch this short video from Ingvild Fridtun and Vilma Thorén called ‘What are you afraid of?’

These young MDX film-makers hope to raise understanding and awareness by providing a platform for two MDX students to talk to one another about their everyday experiences of living with visible and non-visible disabilities and/or learning differences. This video forms part of the #CanYouSeeMe? Exhibition from the Changing the Culture Initiative.

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