Supportive Relationships

We all have stress in our lives, but did you know that supportive relationships can lower our stress and help us live healthier and longer lives?

These relationships can be with family, friends, teachers, coaches, mentors, or anyone who helps us feel better when we depend on or spend time with them.

Being around people who support us can make us healthier by calming our brain and body when stressful things happen in our life. Research shows that having even one supportive relationship can help.

Read the Supportive Relationships Handout

Experiencing a crisis? See these crisis and safety resources.


Want tips for how to build and grow healthy relationships? Here are resources that provide articles, videos, and audio tools you can use.



Infants, Adolescents, and Older Adults

Intimate Partner Relationships

If you need more support or are in crisis:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or text “START” to 88788

  • Find more resources on our Emergency & Crisis

Connect with Community

  • Find local activities and resources: Call 2-1-1 or go to

For Caregivers and Families