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Pillow Talk: A Discussion on the signs of unhealthy relationships

By Tonique Belnavis | Staff Writer
On November 28, 2017

Pillow Talk will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 in the Phase III assembly room. 
Photo credit: Savitri Thomas 


In collaboration with Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Student Health Services, Savitri Thomas will host a panel discussion on the aspects of healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Thomas is a sophomore business student who studies the dynamics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. Her goal for the event is to bring awareness to students and that Student Health Services is available for students’ support.

“Pillow Talk is an event designed to bring in all the colleges students to talk about healthy relationships, unhealthy relationships, situations and basically anything the students wanted to talk about in a safe space,” Thomas said. “My goal is awareness. I want people to know there is a support system. We partnered with Student Health Services to be visible to students so they know it is a group on campus for support in unhealthy relationships.”

FAMU Student Health Services promotes primary care and health promotion services to students attending FAMU. They are accessible and located in the Foote-Hilyer Administration center with an on-site pharmacy that provides easy access and discounted prices for prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Randy Henley is a Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) counselor for FAMU Student Health Services, who said it is important to have open communication in any type of relationship which lets partners to become aware of expectations of one another.

“If you are trying to develop any kind of relationship, whether it is friendship, romantic relationship or kinship, be open and honest with whoever it may be that you are trying to get involved with at all times,” Henley said. “When it develops and even when it ends, be honest with what you expect, what you will and will not tolerate, and what you have to offer.”

Jarielle Walton is a second-year business administration student who will be one of the panelist at Pillow Talk.

“Pillow Talk is an event to talk about specifically love, sex and relationships, issues that are dealt with in college to get opinions and mindsets of this generation and how everyone feels about the topics,” Walton said.

The event is to capture the attention of students affected or interested in hearing different views on relationships. In addition, to understanding the past and present effects of those relationships.

“The key to a good relationship is trust. If you don’t have trust you can't expect the relationship to work point blank period,” said Stanley Johnson Jr., a second-year criminology student.

The name of the event is derived from the universal knowledge of the meaning and its association to relationships. The phrase “pillow talk” means intimate conversations in bed, which signifies two individuals being in an intimate relationship.

The correlation of the event name and the event topic advocates a healthy relationship; which is what the event will encourage.

Pillow Talk will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1 in the Phase III assembly room.


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