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About us

With your help, we’re providing caring support and saving lives

The Sam Taylor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides mental wellness and suicide prevention education for young people, and free mental health counseling for teens and young adults.  We believe that cost, lack of insurance or lack of access should never be a barrier to young people receiving mental healthcare.  Our goal is to give our community's teens and young adults the skills and support they need to thrive today … and tomorrow.

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The Sam Taylor Foundation empowers teens and young adults by promoting social support, mental health awareness and help-seeking and help-giving behaviors through thoughtful counseling, mental wellness education, programs and partnerships,  We strengthen teens and young adults by working directly with high schools to put systems, programs and policies in place to create a culture of caring.  We mobilize communities by providing education, training and tools to teens/families, friends, extra-curricular groups and others.

Our vision

We envision a future where:

  • Every high school has a known program or service that supports student emotional health and reduces the risks of substance misuse, self harm and suicide.

  • All teens and young adults are equipped to navigate mental health challenges and to seek and give help and are emotionally prepared to enter adulthood and fulfill their potential.

  • We speak openly about mental health challenges and options for support.

  • Free mental health care is a part of general health and wellness and not associated with shame, secrecy or prejudice.

  • Parents, mentors , friends and siblings of struggling teens are provided with support and guidance.

Our story

On December 22, 2017, we lost Sammy, our youngest son, to suicide.  Although suicide was and continues to be a leading cause of death among young adults, we found that schools had no uniform model for educating students about mental health struggles and suicide prevention.  Often, families and communities struggle to overcome the shame and secrecy that prevents an honest discussion of mental health.  In 2021, we launched The Sam Taylor Foundation to overcome these hurdles through services and programs, including free mental health therapy, to help teens struggling with their mental health. Together we are helping students navigate the emotional challenges of adolescence to prepare for adulthood and thrive.

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Make our vision a reality by making a donation today

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