NH DHHS Announces Suicide Prevention Leadership Summit

Concord – The State Suicide Prevention Council, in partnership with the

National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Youth Suicide Prevention

Assembly are hosting the First Suicide Prevention Leadership Summit in New

Hampshire on Tuesday, May 10th (8:00am – 3:00pm) at the Concord Holiday


Over 100 individuals will come together in a powerful forum to share their

experiences and learn more about the many suicide prevention initiatives

that are taking place throughout the State. Participants include

educators, health and mental health providers, law enforcement, crisis

response workers, National Guard, faith leaders, corrections staff,

legislators, social service providers, policy leaders, regional coalition

members, substance abuse treatment providers, hospital staff, and family

members who have lost a loved one to suicide.

“Participants will share progress made toward implementing the State

Suicide Prevention plan,” said Chairman of the State Suicide Prevention

Council, Dr. James MacKay, “and focus on collaboration and identifying next

steps toward implementing the plan.”

NH Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas

will present six “Commitment to Life Awards to special unsung heroes. The

afternoon will include critical strategy sessions to plan for suicide

prevention efforts regarding sustainability, community collaboration, media

messaging and other opportunities.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults

up to age 24 and the fourth leading cause of death for adults ages 25 -54.

Nationally, veterans account for one fifth of all suicide deaths.

See attached agenda for Summit highlights & timeline.

(See attached file: Summit Agenda.pdf)