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The New Hampshire Suicide Prevention Council is dedicated to promoting awareness that suicide is a preventable public health problem. Together, we can raise awareness and increase access to mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention services.

Suicide presents a significant and growing public health concern across the lifespan. Specific subsets of the population, such as first responders, military members, and veterans, have higher rates of suicide than others. Factors such as mental illness and substance use also contribute to an individual’s risk of suicide.

There are some individual characteristics and things we can do in communities that may help protect people from suicidal thoughts and behavior, like: developing coping and problem-solving skills, connections to friends, family, and community support, supportive relationships with care providers, availability of physical and mental health care, and limited access to lethal means. Suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play to save lives and create healthy and strong individuals, families, and communities.

Suicide Prevention HotlineWatch Moving Forward to learn more about how increasing what protects people and reducing what puts people at risk benefits everyone.

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 2021, the SPC revised the New Hampshire State Suicide Prevention Plan Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol, and published an Addendum 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.

2021 Suicide Prevention Council Meetings (Full Council)4th Monday of every even month; 10-noon

Date Time Location
April 26 10am-noon Virtual meeting through Zoom
June 28 10am-noon
August 23 10am-noon

Philbrook Adult Transitional Housing
121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH

With virtual option through Zoom

October 25 10am-noon
December 13
10am-noon

Other Websites

For more information, contact:
Jennifer Sabin, Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Jennifer.A.Sabin@dhhs.nh.gov

 

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