NAMI New Hampshire Annual Conference Returns on Sat. 4/4!

The NAMI NH community personifies hope.  The 2020 NAMI NH Annual Conference will demonstrate the power of hope, as we tell the stories and illuminate the experiences of individuals living with mental illness and those who love them.  Join us on April 4th as we come together for hope, health, and help for all who have been impacted by mental illness and/or suicide.  Together, we are the Faces of Hope.  Learn more.
February 28, 2020
Public Policy Update
You're Invited! Private State House Tour 
Monday, March 9th, 4 pm

Calling all mental health and suicide prevention advocates! Please join us for a private tour of the New Hampshire State House, led by NH Senator Dan Feltes. Attendees will meet at NAMI New Hampshire, 85 North State St., Concord, then walk over to the State House together. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes, and participants are invited back to NAMI NH to participate in a portion of the Public Policy Committee Meeting. 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this free tour.  
If interested, please contact Michele Watson at
BEDLAM: Free Film Screening
Tuesday, March 31st, 6 PM
Red River Theatres, Concord

Filmmaker and practicing psychiatrist, Ken Rosenberg visits ERs, jails, and homeless camps to examine our national mental health crisis. Rosenberg follows the poignant stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other chronic psychiatric conditions, whose silence and shame often worsen the suffering.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by NAMI New Hampshire Executive Director Ken Norton.   Bedlam is sponsored by  NAMI New Hampshire  and  Riverbend Community Mental Health .

NAMI NH Advocacy Sponsor: 
General Federation of Women's Clubs
The General Federation of Women's Clubs made a $10,000 donation to support NAMI NH's advocacy efforts. This donation is part of the President's Project to Nurture Good Mental Health Through Awareness, and made possible through the Candia Community Woman's Club and their "In the Bag" fundraising.  Throughout the next year, clubs around the state will work with NAMI NH to raise awareness and funds. 
Save the Date: Friday, April 24th 
Evening of Unity to Benefit NAMI NH
Save the date of Friday, April 24th for the 1st Annual GFWC NH Evening of Unity to benefit NAMI NH. Comedy by Linda Belt and 2020 Unity Award to be awarded.

In the News
Today in NH Emergency Departments...
 35 adults and
1 child
are waiting for psychiatric hospital care.

NAMI New Hampshire  can connect those impacted by long ED waits with information, resources and support.  Click here to learn more. 

NAMI NH continues to make the ED boarding crisis a top priority of advocacy efforts on behalf of individuals and families affected by mental illness and suicide.  

Suicide Prevention & Survivors of Suicide Loss
Upcoming with NAMI NH
Family-to-Family Comes to Newport, NH!

Family-to-Family Coming to 

Family-to-Family is an education program that is FREE for family members, partners, and friends of individuals 18 and older, who have a mental illness.

The Family-to-Family course is taught by local, trained volunteers who have family members with a mental illness.  You will learn about these illnesses and their treatments, how to improve communication with your loved one, solve problems, find the help you need, and take care of yourself.

Derry Family-to-Family Class

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:30 pm (starting March 11th)

Contact: Nancy Hollinshead at 631-987-3063


Portsmouth Family-to-Family Class

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:30 pm (starting March 25th)

Contact: Pam Brazeau at 603-502-6580 


Nashua Family-to-Family Class

Mondays starting March 30th

Contacts: Norma MacKinley-Smith at 603-882-6771 or Pam Burns at 603-888-6219

Coming this Spring - Save the Date for Connection Facilitator Training!
It's Your Move - Advocacy Trainings 2020

Already taken It's Your Move (IYM) Basic 1.0 & ready to up your advocacy game? 

Join us Fri. 3/6, 9 am - 3 pm at NAMI NH for IYM Advanced 2.0!

Parent & Caregiver Group Monthly on 2nd Wed.

New GREATER MILFORD Parent & Caregiver Group  

 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley 
56 Mont Vernon Street, Milford NH

For more information:

**If this is your first time attending, please contact us to confirm time and location and to let us know you are coming.

Monthly FEP/ESMI Stakeholder Meetings

All are welcome to attend the Monthly FEP/ESMI Stakeholder Meetings.  These meetings typically take place on the 2nd Tuesday, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at NAMI New Hampshire. To learn more or to RSVP, please message Michelle Wagner .

Veteran & Military Families

Registration OPEN for NAMI Homefront Online!

NAMI Homefront is a free class designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country.

NAMI Homefront Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes.


NAMI NH Support Groups are a place to make important connections to others who:


- understand the challenges you face and the opportunities ahead

- feel the same way you do

- have had the same experiences

- will help you learn new coping skills

- will share their successes and strategies with you


Through affiliates around the state, NAMI NH offers supports groups to family members and parents who have a loved one with mental illness, as well as individuals living with mental illness. 


Find a support group near you.

Family Support Groups - for family members and friends of adults with mental illness

Parent Support Groups - for parents of children/adolescents with serious emotional disorders

Peer Support - information on support centers and groups for adults with mental illness

Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL) - listing of support groups for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide

NAMI NH's Online Groups

NAMI New Hampshire offers four unique online groups - they're places to find peer support, share experiences, offer encouragement, and pass along resources.  These closed Facebook groups require an add from admins - click each link below to learn more and request membership.  

Don't hesitate to contact with any questions. 

Development News
Update from the Trail

"My name is Erica (Spitfire), and this year I am taking on the incredible physical challenge of hiking the 7,000 mile Great Western Loop with a team called The Push Beyond. It is our goal to raise money for nonprofit organizations that hold an importance to each hiker on the team. My organization is NAMI New Hampshire. Mental health plays a huge factor in the happiness and well being of our communities, yet many still neglect it. Mental health issues are something we cannot see, and so they often get brushed aside and invalidated, making the problem worse. In my short life, I have had countless friends of all demographics who struggle with mental health. I have worked with teenagers who have attempted suicide. I have fought with my own mind, and often felt like I didn't deserve to be happy. Thankfully, I found thruhiking. In 2017, I hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. It was the hardest thing I'd ever done, but it was also the most valuable. Hiking taught me how to fight for myself, that I deserve every bit of happiness and love that comes my way, that I am worthy. When I hike the Great Western Loop this year, I want to do so in a way that I can help others manage their mental health. There is no better way to do this than by supporting NAMI NH. 100% of donations to this cause will go to NAMI NH so they can further fund programs to support and advocate for those with a mental illness..."

"Greetings from Gila National Park! The Gila Cliff Dwellings mark the end of my short warm up section hike of the Continental Divide Trail. When I come back through on the GWL, I will have completed all of the miles of this 3, 100 mile long trail, in addition to completing the GWL. 

Hiking through this part of the country has been a unique experience for me. I never really thought of New Mexico as a place I'd like to go and explore. Truth be told, I never really thought of it at all. Now that I've been here though, and hiked just a sliver of this state, I see how wrong I was. This place is gorgeous, especially Gila. The desert has given new meaning to sunsets and sunrises.  Now that I've finished this section, I'm on my way to Arizona for a week and a half long layover to wait for the rest of the team. We will be leaving from Phoenix on March 4th to officially start the loop, and I could not be more excited! In the meantime, I'll be doing day hikes in the Superstition Wilderness and other areas of Tonto National Forest to stay in shape. Until next time!"

Round-It-Up a Resounding Success!

We're so grateful for the generosity of  Concord Food Co-op , and their customers, in supporting Granite Staters affected by mental illness and suicide. 

Special thanks to Karen Trudel (NAMI NH Board member, Concord Food Co-op team member, and  #mentalhealth  champion) for helping to make this partnership possible!

Save the Date!
18th Annual NAMIWalks NH
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Concord, NH

Make plans to join us at New Hampshire's largest mental health and suicide prevention event!

Family-friendly, dog-friendly, free, and FUN - we look forward to seeing you at the 18th Annual NAMIWalks NH!

Walk Committee meetings start back up soon!  If you're interested in volunteering to help plan another record-breaking NAMIWalks NH, please contact Brittany Porter.

Make an Impact
Did you know there are a variety of ways you can make a transformational gift to NAMI New Hampshire?
  • Join the NAMI New Hampshire Legacy Circle by including us in your estate planning, giving a lasting gift to help us continue providing support, education, and advocacy well into the future.
  • Consider giving a gift of stock and potentially avoid paying capital gains tax.  Click here to learn more about the tax benefits of donating stock to a charity.  Instructions for transferring a gift of stock to NAMI NH are available here.
  • If you are age 72 or older, IRS rules require you to take required minimum distributions each year from your tax-deferred retirement accounts.  This additional taxable income may push you into a higher tax bracket, and may also reduce your eligibility for certain tax credits and deductions.  Making a pre-tax charitable donation directly to NAMI NH can eliminate or reduce the impact of this income.
  • Stacking your gift may help you exceed the new standard deduction.  This method of giving allows you to combine several years of charitable contributions in a single year, maximizing your potential tax benefit. 
NAMI New Hampshire was recently honored with a Nonprofit Impact Award from the NH Center for Nonprofits. As the former Executive Director of NAMI NH and a father of a daughter with mental illness, one might think I'm biased when I say that the award was definitely well deserved.  However, it only confirmed our belief that regularly giving to NAMI NH through our retirement program and adding NAMI NH as a beneficiary into our will is the right thing to do.  With our gifts, and those of others, NAMI NH can continue to be good stewards of its resources, putting them to work for individuals and families affected by mental illness and suicide. Giving is an honor, especially when we see that what NAMI NH does works. Yet, they have more to do. Together, our collective resources ensure NH has an accessible, quality mental health and suicide prevention delivery system for Granite Staters.  
~ Michael and Saundy Cohen

For more information, or to discuss additional opportunities, please contact Kristen  or call 603-225-5359 x350.  Sample bequest language is available on our  website .

NAMI NH Corporate Sponsor Partners
NAMI New Hampshire is grateful to our Corporate Sponsors and Members for their steadfast commitment to improving the lives of Granite Staters affected by mental illness and suicide.   #hopestartswithyou

For information on  Corporate Sponsorship, or to discuss additional partnership opportunities, contact Kristen Welch, CFRE, Director of Development, at or 603.235.5359 x350.

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