NH DHHS - NHH Raises Awareness about Mental Illness

A Day at the State Hospital: New Hampshire Hospital, Then and Now

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Hospital (NHH) is opening its doors to the public for a rare and unique look at its past and its present. This event, titled: A Day at the State Hospital: New Hampshire Hospital, Then and Now will demonstrate how far mental health care has come since NHH first opened its doors.

NHH opened in 1842 as the New Hampshire Asylum for the Insane. Patient population peaked in the 1950’s when there was a census of 2700. The average census today is 165 patients with over 2300 patients being admitted each year; half of those admitted are discharged within 7 days to return to work, school and family. This event, held during Mental Illness Awareness Week, is an opportunity for people to learn about NHH’s history and current operations from photos, annual reports from the very early years, and displays as well as hearing actual stories from people who lived it, including former and current employees, patients and volunteers.

EVENT: A Day at the State Hospital: New Hampshire Hospital, Then and Now

WHEN: Thursday, October 7th from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

WHERE: New Hampshire Hospital, 36 Clinton Street, Concord, NH