How to develop supports

  to reduce the chance of suicide

  • Having a strong social support system is one of the best ways for you and the people you support to maintain and build positive mental health. More specifically, social supports can deacrease the chance of suicide
  • A strong social support system can alleviate stress by providing individuals with another person to share their problems with.
    When individuals have someone to confide in who cares about what they are saying and listen to their problems, they may find it easier to deal withwhatever challenges they are facing.
  • In addition, people in an individual’s support system may be able to give ideas or recommendations for how to overcome life’s challenges.Increasing a person’s self confidence and feelings of value –Being part of a strong social support system can make an individual feel loved and important. Individuals can listen to the challenges of others in their support system and may even have ideas about how their friends can overcome these challenges. Feeling valued by other people can increase an individual’s self confidence and self esteem – this contributes to good mental health.
  • Decreasing feelings of loneliness and isolation –
    Social support systems can also be fun! Individuals can call on members of their social support system when they want
    to participate in an activity or just talk about what is going on in their lives. The more individuals particapte in social connectiveness the less isolate they feel
  • Without friends and other social supports many people are more likely to feel lonely, isolated, and bored – this can
    increase risk for developing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and risk taking behaviors. A strong social support system can improve your mental health and the mental health of the individuals you support!

Hope is Here and Now

Get Involved with any of these organizations to build supports

Field Institute of Taos
Boy Scotts
Girl Time
Little Leauge
Taos Youth Music School
Taos Winter Sports
Amigos Bravo
Church programs
Chess Clubs
Service clubs
Taos Hockey
Taos Tiger Shark Swim Team
Other resources can be found at

We are here to help

Call or Text H.O.T.      575-305-HOT1 (4681)

Tri County Community Services           758-5857         Adults         
ValleDel Sol                                               751-7037         Teeen/Youth
Dreamtree Project                                    758-9595        Homless youth 15-18
Non Violence Works                                758-4297         Youth/Adults/DV
El Centro                                                    758-3601         Youth/adults clinic
Rio Grande Treatment                            
Golden Willow                                         776-2024           All age grief service