Healthy Relationships/Communication Resource Library

8 Keys To Building Your Best Relationships
Informed by attachment theory and brain science, this book provides information and exercises to help us cultivate and improve meaningful relationships in an easy-to-understand way.

All My Relations
This is an entire podcast hosted by two Indigenous women who bring in humour and emotion when exploring Native American relationships— relationships to land, to creatural relatives, and to one another. Scroll through the episodes to find the ones that interest you!

Assertive Communication Tips
Self-Help Worksheet or Module
A one-page guide to help you stand up for yourself and communicate your own needs and wants, while taking into consideration the needs and wants of others; includes a practice page.

Brene Brown Boundaries Interview
Watch this short interview with Brene Brown who shares the difference between and the importance of having boundaries to express genuine compassion and empathy.

Communication Style Resource
Self-Help Worksheet or Module
A one-page information resource to help you distinguish between yours and others' passive, aggressive, and/or assertive communication styles; includes a practice page.

Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones
With deep insight into the life of Indigenous peoples, this book masterfully portrays how a community looks to the past for guidance and comfort while fearing a future of poverty and shame. Includes focus on grief, LGBTQ+ experiences, relationships, etc.

Frientimacy: The 3 Requirements of All Healthy Friendships
In this TED Talk, an author and CEO discusses the three actions that lead to belonging and the factors/what we can do to cultivate meaningful relationships.

It’s not about the nail
Watch this short, comical video about communication in relationships.

LGBTQ+ Youthline
Youth Line offers resources for youth, parents, and allies, as well as confidential and non-judgemental peer support through telephone, text and chat services.

Mark Groves Podcast
In this entire podcast, a Human Connection Specialist (with reputable guests) explores the complex world of relationships and connection with a "no BS" approach. We particularly like the episode: "The Holistic Psychologist: Ending Family Enmeshment" but feel free to scroll through other episodes to find the ones that interest you! Mature content.

myPlan App
This app (created by University of Western in Ontario) provides tailored resources for women in unsafe relationships. Available in Google Play and the Apple App Store.
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts
This book is famous for a reason! It helps to identify five basic languages of love to better understand and communicate better with your partner (and yourself); focuses on romantic relationships, but different volumes can be found for other types of relationships.
The Attachment Theory: How Childhood Affects Life - YouTube Video
How does our early attachment influence our current relationships and views about ourselves? Find out by watching this short YouTube video.
The Family Stone (2005)
With an elite cast, this film exemplifies and normalizes the complexity of family relationships around the holidays.