Unite Students: Relationships – how do you know if they are healthy?

Relationship advice - The deep truth you must know if you ever want to have a chance of maintaining a healthy relationship. These are hard truths, that many people will discount, as they travel the road from disastrous relationship to disastrous relations
Watch the YouTube video on maintaining a health relationship

Disrespect nobody:

Abuse in relationships can happen to anyone. It’s not normal, it’s never okay and definitely not part of a healthy relationship. It isn’t always physical, it can be emotional and sexual abuse too. If your relationship leaves you feeling scared, intimidated or controlled, it’s possible you’re in an abusive relationship.

If you’re experiencing abuse, or have done in the past, please remember that you’re not to blame and there are people who can help you.

Support is available

Confidential support and advice for staff and students, staffed by Sexual Offences Liaison Officer Anni Parr.

If you would like to discuss informally anything regarding sexual assault we have an advice drop in, this is done in confidence unless you request otherwise Please feel free to drop-in, no appointment is needed. 

If you feel you need to talk to somebody as a matter of urgency please visit the Learning Gateway, 011 Roland Levinsky Building. You can also contact Sexual Offences Liaison Officer Anni Parr at Alternatively, visit our ‘staying safe’ page.


  • Relate Plymouth  provides a range of counselling services for those who are having difficulties with their relationships.
  • Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.

Anytime Advice and Mental Health Helpline

  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • In-the-moment emotional and counselling support
  • Accessible by phone, email and via LiveCONNECTSM instant messaging
  • Information and advice on a range of studying, work, family and personal issues
  • Confidential
  • Completely independent from the university.
Freephone: 0800 042 0134
iConnectYou App (from iTunes or Google Play. Passcode 34800).

Professional support 

If something is causing you concern, is upsetting or distressing you, then it may help to talk about it in a safe environment.   

If you are a partnership student please find out what support your institution offers.

For students studying on the Plymouth and Truro campus, you can seek support and professional advice from: