NH DHHS - Suicide Prevention: Putting Together the Pieces of the Puzzle

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Suicide Prevention Council is announcing on Thursday, new initiatives aimed at reducing the number of deaths caused by suicide in New Hampshire. Suicide continues to be a very serious issue in our State; it is the second leading cause of death in New Hampshire for youth and young adults ages 15 – 34 and the fourth leading cause of death from ages 35 – 54. The number of suicides from August ’09 to August ’10 also increased from 104 to 122. The State is working with community, public, private, military and civilian partners to address this issue. The Council also collaborates with the veteran community, as one fifth of all suicides nationally are veterans, and NH’s National Guard just deployed its largest number of service members in its history since World War II.

This is an opportunity to hear about innovative initiatives such as engaging gun shop owners in suicide prevention as well as the role the NH Department of Corrections is taking in suicide prevention. Also, learn about the recent law establishing the Suicide Fatality Review Committee. This law will provide the structure to collect and analyze suicide deaths as a way of learning and informing the State’s suicide prevention efforts.

Speakers for this event include:
Maggie Pritchard, NH Community Behavioral Health Association
Dr. Robert MacLeod, NH Department of Corrections
LTC Jeanne Jones, NH National Guard
Marsha Chapple, Survivor

DATE September 16, 2010 10:00 AM

EVENT Suicide Prevention Council Announces Prevention Initiatives

LOCATION Legislative Office Building Lobby Concord, NH