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Relationship formation is particularly vital for adolescents’ development as they learn to navigate friendships and romantic relationships. Relationships with parents and siblings may also show strain during this time as they seek greater autonomy and independence. Because adolescents are in the process of learning, they typically have not developed the necessary skills to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships like most adults have. Due to their developmental status, assessing relationships as healthy or unhealthy can be a difficult task.

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Billie Eilish opens up about her personal connection to mental health.

Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Now a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.

In this video, you can listen to other teens' thoughts and feelings about having and maintaining friendships in the digital age.

Liza Koshy talks about social anxiety, mental health, and friendship.

Cornes talks about her move to a new town which triggered her social anxiety and forced her to think about getting help and strategies for working through her anxious thoughts.

Q&A website focused on a variety of questions about mental health, teen life, and pretty much everything else.

Coming out—or simply recognizing burgeoning queer feelings—doesn't invalidate the love you have for the person you're with.

There is a fallacy that somehow LGBTQ+ relationships are different than straight relationships.  Whether gay, straight, trans or any other combination, when two people come together to date or to get serious, they face the same highs and lows that surface in any relationship.

We all know sexuality is about attraction and desire, not about what you’ve done and with whom, but that doesn’t mean it always plays out like that IRL.

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Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council

Ad Council

Billie Eilish opens up about her personal connection to mental health.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky

Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Now a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.

Video

Teen Voices: Friendships and Boundaries

Common Sense Education

In this video, you can listen to other teens' thoughts and feelings about having and maintaining friendships in the digital age.

Video

Liza Koshy on Opening Up | Friendship & Mental Health

Ad Council

Liza Koshy talks about social anxiety, mental health, and friendship.

Video

Overcoming Social Anxiety

Marielle Cornes

Cornes talks about her move to a new town which triggered her social anxiety and forced her to think about getting help and strategies for working through her anxious thoughts.

Website

Q&A for Emotional Health

goaskalice.columbia.edu

Q&A website focused on a variety of questions about mental health, teen life, and pretty much everything else.

Article

Coming Out as Bi in a Straight Relationship

Amanda Kohr, Vice

Coming out—or simply recognizing burgeoning queer feelings—doesn't invalidate the love you have for the person you're with.

Article

Same-Sex Couples: How to Strengthen Your Relationship

Vivian Todini, Onelove

There is a fallacy that somehow LGBTQ+ relationships are different than straight relationships.  Whether gay, straight, trans or any other combination, when two people come together to date or to get serious, they face the same highs and lows that surface in any relationship.

Article

Bisexual Women in Relationships with Men

Franki Cookney, Cosmopolitan

We all know sexuality is about attraction and desire, not about what you’ve done and with whom, but that doesn’t mean it always plays out like that IRL.