Make a Plan to #Vote4MentalHealth on Tuesday, November 6!  
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October 23, 2018
Public Policy Update
Momentum for Mental Health
Video update from NAMI NH Exec. Dir. Ken Norton

Click the video below for an important new message from  NAMI New Hampshire  Exec. Dir.  Ken Norton  on Momentum for Mental Health in NH, Voting Day (11/6) & the upcoming Concord Public Info. Session on 10 Year Mental Health Plan (11/15). Note the CHANGES to date & venue for info. session!

For more information on November 15's Public Information Session on the 10 Year Mental Health Plan, click here

#Act4MentalHealth  #Vote4MentalHealth

Momentum for Mental Health - October 2018

Public Info. Session on 10 Year Mental Health Plan
**November 15** in Concord - please attend!

Thank you to all of the mental health advocates who have attended public information sessions on the 10 Year Mental Health Plan.  There's one remaining session, and we need YOU to attend - it's critical we pack these rooms!  Please plan to join us in Concord on November 15 to show your support for mental health, even if you don't wish to speak.

Concord Public Information Session 
November 15, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Department of Health and Human Services 
Division of Public Health Services Auditorium 
29 Hazen Drive, Concord

"The new date of November 15th will allow the Department to incorporate feedback received during previous sessions and ensure the Ten-Year Mental Health Plan accurately reflects public comments on what the Plan should include. DHHS expects to post a proposed draft of the Ten-Year Mental Health Plan on the DHHS website on or around October 29th. The new date for the Concord session will give the public the opportunity to review the draft and provide comments during the Concord session and the ensuing public comment period." (Read the DHHS press release)


We're focusing on a unified message: New Hampshire's mental health service delivery system is not presently meeting the needs of vulnerable  children, youth, adults and older adults with serious mental illness - call on the Governor and Legislature to commit to investing adequate resources to move the 10 Year Mental Health Plan forward during the next legislative session. 

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact

Attending a Campaign Event in NH?
Unsure Where Your Local Candidates Stand on Mental Health?

Please ask candidates for state office (in person, by phone, or email):

1. The current governor has stated that NH has a mental health crisis.  
  Do you agree that the state has a mental health crisis?

2. New Hampshire is about to release a new 10 Year Mental Health Plan.  
  If elected, will you commit to fully funding the Plan?

Pledge to #Vote4MentalHealth this November
The 2018 elections are fast approaching. Help us make mental health part of the conversation. Join us and take the pledge to  #Vote4MentalHealth this year. While you are there:
  • Learn about the issues 
  • Find out about ways to educate candidates about mental health 
  • Register to vote
  • Get tools to mobilize other mental health voters
  • Know your voting rights
Today's candidates are tomorrow's elected officials. And elected officials-from district attorneys and county commissioners to governors and members of Congress-play a role in deciding what mental health services and supports are available in our community. 
From now until Election Day on November 6, reach out to all candidates and ask them about their positions on issues related to mental health. Share information about the importance of investing in mental health. When candidates hear from you about the importance of mental health care, they will listen. Your efforts to develop relationships with candidates of every political party helps us work together to improve mental health in America.

Great Work!

Richard (Dick) Chevréfils, former President of NAMI New Hampshire's Board of Directors and Chair of the NAMI NH Public Policy Committee was selected for the 2018 AARP New Hampshire Andrus Award for Community Service.

AARP NH's State Director, Todd Fahey, noted, "This award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change...AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve."  Congratulations, Dick!

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 and support. Call our Information & Resource Line at 1-800-242-6264 to leave a confidential message, or email

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.  

Welcome to IOOV!

Welcome to our new young adult In Our Own Voice Speakers! What a beautiful day and a great group of speakers with such inspiring stories!!

Trainers - Tricia Ellis (NAMI NH) and Kristy Hommel (VT State Trainer).
(From left to right - top to bottom - Jace Troie, Riley Cullen, Kristy Hommel (VT State Trainer), Alex Atkinson, Casey Rhoades, Rose Muise, Alisha Finneran)

In the News
Congratulations, Alyssa!

Congratulations to Alyssa Nickerson, recipient of the Community Ambassador for Change Award, presented at the recent NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative Symposium.  In addition to her role as NAMIWalks NH Team Captain for Team Tommy #5, Alyssa also serves on the NAMI NH Family Network Grant Oversight Board.  Pictured with Alyssa (seated), L to R: her husband Tom, and NAMI NH's Michele Watson, Susan Stearns, Ken Norton, and Brian Huckins.  

NAMI NH Family Network - Grant Oversight Board

Community and Family Support Specialist
(Concord, NH)

NAMI NH is growing! NAMI NH is seeking a Community and Family Support Specialist for a 32 hour per week position. This is a salaried, exempt position. 
Job Summary: This position provides education and support to families of individuals 18 and older so they can become full partners in the assessment, treatment planning and evaluation of the services they or their family member require to address their mental health needs.  This work will be done by providing one on one (1:1) short term support, engaging families in NAMI NH support and education programs and building professional relationships that will enhance referrals to NAMI NH programs                    

NIMH Update

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides a twice-monthly e-newsletter with the latest in mental health-related news, resources and grant opportunities from across federal government.

Highlights in the October 15, 2018 issue included:

-- This fact sheet provides an overview of Bureau of Justice Assistance resources and initiatives about the intersection of criminal justice and mental health.

-- Access to health care is a key determinant of physical and behavioral health outcomes. Regular access to primary health services is critical for preventing and detecting diseases, ensuring comprehensive treatment, and improving overall quality of life. This Healthy People 2020 Update profiles the Partnership for Successful Living in Nashua, New Hampshire which takes an integrated approach to health care. The Partnership's goal is to provide comprehensive care that's easy for vulnerable populations to access, with services ranging from primary care, behavioral health, and oral health to housing support and treatment for substance use disorder.

--  CDC analyzed 2015-2017 National Health Interview Survey data to estimate the national prevalence of clinically relevant symptoms of anxiety and depression among adults aged 18 years and older with arthritis. Among adults with arthritis, age-standardized prevalence of symptoms of anxiety and depression were 22.5 percent and 12.1 percent, respectively, compared with 10.7 percent and 4.7 percent among adults without arthritis. Successful treatment approaches to address anxiety and depression among adults with arthritis are multifaceted and include screenings, referrals to mental health professionals, and evidence-based strategies such as regular physical activity and participation in self-management education to improve mental health. 

Read the full October 15, 2018 update here .
Suicide Prevention & Survivors of Suicide Loss

Connect Postvention - Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

NAMI New Hampshire's Elaine de Mello and Ann Duckless recently trained an awesome group of Connect Postvention trainers with the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.  Pictured are the newest trainers, and also the Nebraska Champions who have kept Connect Postvention programs active in Nebraska since 2012.  Learn more about the Connect Suicide Prevention Program.

Upcoming with NAMI NH

** Please Note NEW DATES **


Children & Family Newsletter Launched!

This fall, NAMI New Hampshire's Children & Youth Programs team debuted a new e-newsletter focused on families and caregivers of children and youth.   Click here to receive your edition.

Youth Resources on Social Media

NAMI NH and the NH Family Network offer social media platforms, including Facebook Twitter  and now  Instagram , as resources to find information and support for youth affected by mental illness.  Each is administrated by youth with oversight from staff to ensure safe messaging.  Check them out and help us spread the word to those youth who might benefit from accessing these tools.

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. 

This group provides a place for youth whose lives are affected by mental illness to share ideas, concerns, and questions they have about planning their future.  (This group is growing - watch for an additional presence on Twitter and Instagram soon!) 

A place to find support, information and to meet other family and friends of adult loved ones with mental illness. The group is intended to provide peer support to our members, to share experiences, offer encouragement and support in ways that are kind, helpful and most of all respectful. 

A place to find support, information and to meet other parents, primary caregivers and loved ones of children, adolescents and young adults with serious emotional disorders (diagnosed or not). The group is intended to provide peer support to our members, to share experiences, offer encouragement and support in ways that are kind, helpful and most of all respectful.

This group is intended to be a place to find support, information and to meet other veteran and military families in NH. It is intended to provide peer support to our members, to share experiences, offer encouragement and support.

Veteran & Military Families
NAMI Homefront

Registration is open for NAMI Homefront, 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.

Mark Your Calendar
Coping  Strategies for Anxious Kids, What Parents Need to Know
NIMH Webinar
Friday, November 2, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

On Friday, November 2, 2018, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET, join NIMH for a webinar on coping strategies for anxious kids. During the webinar, Dr. Erin Berman will discuss how to identify an anxious child; how to change anxious thinking; the science and biological roots of anxiety in children; how computer technology is transforming the understanding of anxiety; and current treatment options (medications & CBT: cognitive behavioral therapy).   Register for the webinar.

Are You Concerned About Your Child's Irritability?
NIMH Webinar
Wednesday, November 7, 3:00 pm

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, from 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET, join NIMH for a webinar on irritability in children. Children pass through many phases of development as they grow up. It can be hard to know if a child is going through normal development or showing signs of something more serious. Occasional outbursts and irritability are a normal outcome of being tired, uncomfortable, or frustrated. In some children, it can be chronic and explosive. The webinar will cover common signs of severe irritability; how parents can help a child with severe irritability; what treatment options exist, such as cognitive behavioral therapy; and ongoing irritability research conducted at NIMH. Register here.

Free Screening of "It's Criminal"
November 13, 5:00 pm
UNH School of Law, Concord

The NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative presents a free Screening of "It's Criminal" o n November 13 at 5 pm at UNH School of Law
with a Q&A panel discussion to follow.
Refreshments will be served.  Event sponsored by New Futures, The Rudman Center, and the NH Bar Foundation.

"It's Criminal" highlights the economic and social inequities that divide the United States and offers a vision of how separated communities can learn to speak to each other. Poignant and personal, the 80-minute feature documentary shares the life-changing journeys of incarcerated women and Dartmouth College students working together to write and perform an original play that explores the often painful and troubled paths that landed the women behind bars and also shares some of their fragile visions for the future..."  Watch the trailer.

Development News

The Post-Walk Celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 5-7 pm at The Hotel Concord, 11 South Main St., Concord with catering from O Steaks & Seafood (including O's famous Kobe beef pops and mac!). Program begins promptly at 5:30 pm. 

We'll celebrate our fantastic 2018 NAMIWalks NH Team Captains, generous Sponsors, determined Walkers, hardworking Volunteers, and gracious Donors. Get a brief update on NAMI New Hampshire's latest projects & accomplishments, with plenty of time to nosh on light delectable dinner & meet amazing folks.  All are welcome!  RSVP to

NAMIWalks NH online fundraising is open through November 30! 

Donation checks can also be mailed to: 
NAMI NH, 85 North State St., Concord, NH 03301
(please write NAMIWalks NH on the memo line)

Over 80 NAMI New Hampshire volunteer leaders, giving partners, and Board members attended the recent Appreciation Reception held at the Bedford Village Inn.  Generously hosted by past Board President Michele Grennon, the reception provided an opportunity to thank our volunteers and donors for all they do for NAMI New Hampshire and those affected by mental illness and suicide.  We are beyond fortunate to have such a wonderful network of people helping to advance our mission.

Our recent campaign to expand suicide prevention and early intervention programs has seen great success, raising 77% of our $125,000 goal. With 100% participation from our Board and staff,  and the generosity of donors like you, we are well on our way  to achieving our goal.
It's not too late to participate! You can help NAMI New Hampshire provide support, education, and advocacy for a growing number of children and their families in our new home at 87 North State Street by giving today at

Contact Kristen Welch, CFRE, Director of Development, at or 603-724-4001 to discuss other giving opportunities, or click here for a printable pledge form

Open House at 87 North State Street

Please save the evening of Friday, December 7 for an Open House!  Details coming soon...

A Legacy of HOPE

Many New Hampshire citizens concerned about mental illness have chosen to make provisions in their wills or trusts to support the work of NAMI New Hampshire, becoming charter members of the NAMI New Hampshire Legacy Circle. The Legacy Circle recognizes those who have generously included NAMI New Hampshire in their estate planning. 

We invite you to become a part of this thoughtful and generous group, and join others like Ann and Ed who will leave a legacy for NAMI NH. 

Ways to Become a Legacy Circle Member
  • Designate NAMI NH as a charitable beneficiary of your will or trust
  • Name NAMI NH the beneficiary of all or part of an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
  • Speak to NAMI NH about how to make a gift that will pay you income for your lifetime
  • Name NAMI NH the beneficiary of a life insurance policy 
For more information about NAMI New Hampshire's Legacy Circle, please contact, Kristen Welch, CFREDirector of Development at or (603) 724-4001 (cell).  You can also visit our website  for more information.

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