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Suicide Prevention Hotline
Suicide is a serious public health problem in New Hampshire. It is generally preventable and suicide affects us all. The majority of violent deaths in New Hampshire are suicides. For every homicide in New Hampshire, there are approximately 10 suicides. This ratio is in sharp contrast to national statistics, which show fewer than 2 suicides for every homicide. For every suicide death in NH and nationally, there are approximately 3 deaths classified as unintentional injuries. Overall, suicide constitutes a larger proportion of all traumatic deaths in NH than in the US as a whole.

Because of the impact suicide has on the residents of New Hampshire, NH RSA 126-R establishes a Council on Suicide Prevention (referred to more commonly as the Suicide Prevention Council or SPC). By statute, the SPC shall "oversee the implementation of the New Hampshire suicide prevention plan. The council shall ensure the continued effectiveness of the plan by evaluating its implementation, producing progress reports, and recommending program changes, initiatives, funding opportunities, and new priorities to update the plan. The council shall also be a proponent for suicide prevention in New Hampshire."

The mission of the State Suicide Prevention Council is to reduce the incidence of suicide in New Hampshire by accomplishing the goals of the State Suicide Prevention Plan:

  • Raise public and professional awareness of suicide prevention;
  • Address the mental health and substance abuse needs of all residents;
  • Address the needs of those affected by suicide; and
  • Promote policy change

In 2016, the SPC revised the New Hampshire State Suicide Prevention Plan. Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

In collaboration with NAMI NH and the Connect Suicide Prevention Program, the Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly and the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services, the SPC publishes Annual Data Reports:

The SPC meets approximately 6 times per year and meetings are open to the public.

2019 Suicide Prevention Council meetings
4th Monday of every even month; 10-noon

Date Time Location
February 5, 2019 10am-noon 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH
April 22, 2019 10am-noon 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH
June 24, 2019 10am-noon 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH
August 26, 2019 10am-noon 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH
October 28, 2019 10am-noon 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH
December 23, 2019
(Moved due to holiday)

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For mor information, contact:
Bureaus of Mental Health and Children's Behavioral Health
(603) 271-5000

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