RMY11(15+): Relationships and break-ups

Duration10 minutes
Learning ObjectivesTo understand positive relationships are critical to good mental health and that relationships need to be maintained. However they do still fail from time to time and we need to know how to deal with that.
Tools/materials for the PresenterRural Minds Youth PowerPoint – Relationships and break-ups (15+)
Lesson ComponentsRelationships are a vital component to provide good mental health.
31% of Australians report a relationship breakdown that has a lasting impact.
46% of Australian attempt to manage relationship issues without seeking professional help.
45.9% of Australians aged 18 to 24 report as being lonely.
Humans are herd animals, we need to interact and form relationships with other humans. We need to rely on others especially when we are having a difficulty with something for example like a mental health concern.
However they do not always last. They need to be worked on and maintained.
To maintain positive relationships you need to:
» Show appreciation when someone helps you
» Compliment people around you when they do something well
» Be positive
» Both parties must compromise
» Acknowledge the opinions and feelings of others
» Communicate regularly with family and friends, especially when you are apart
» Seek professional help if you need assistance with a relationship.
It is unfortunate, but quite often relationships breakdown for all sorts of reasons. At this time, you will experience a grief and loss response. It may vary in intensity depending on how significant the relationship was to you – see the Grief and loss session.
Key messagesRelationships are a vital component to provide good mental health
To maintain positive relationships you need to:
» Show appreciation when someone helps you
» Compliment people around you when they do something well
» Be positive
» Both parties must compromise
» Acknowledge the opinions and feelings of others
» Communicate regularly with family and friends, especially when you are apart
» Seek professional help if you need assistance with a relationship.
Unfortunately, not all relationships last the test of time – see the Grief and loss session for the emotions and processes likely to be experienced as a result of relationship breakdowns.
ReflectionWhat are some of the things that must be done to maintain positive relationships?