The Best Medicine? The importance of relationships for health and wellbeing – report

Relationships with friends, family and partners are fundamental to our wellbeing and the quality of these relationships has a major impact on our health. Evidence shows that our relationships can protect us from the effects of long term health conditions, aid recovery, and even prevent us from becoming ill in the first place.


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The Relate report finds that good quality relationships matter for our health and wellbeing and can improve health outcomes; but long-term health conditions can also have a significant impact on our relationships. Worryingly, relationships are often ignored in the NHS. Support is out there, but too few people get access to it. Hence,Relate has started a petition to call on the government to put relationships at the heart of the NHS, making relationship support available to everyone who needs it. If you would like to sign the petition, please visit:


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