NH DHHS - “Suicide Prevention: IT (Information Technology) Makes A Difference!”

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), in collaboration with the State’s Suicide Prevention Council is

recognizing National Suicide Prevention Week from September 7-13, 2014.

This year’s theme: “Suicide Prevention: IT (Information Technology) Makes

a Difference” highlights various types of technological tools adapted for

use in the prevention of suicide. “Using technology to help in suicide

prevention efforts just makes sense” said NH Public Health Director Dr.

Jose Montero. “For example, current electronic medical records make the

screening for suicide risk factors more efficient; the tools are embedded

electronically. It makes it easier to identify risk factors so that

treatment can be offered sooner and progress can be assessed.”

“Technology can also help when someone is feeling at risk. There are now

several mobile apps that address safety planning,” said Interim Director of

DHHS’ Division of Community Based Care Services Diane Langley. “A safety

plan is essentially a list of coping strategies and sources of support for

people who are at high risk for suicide. It’s done in conjunction with a

mental health clinician and is generally thought of as an important part of

care. For someone going through a crisis, having immediate access to this

on a cell phone can be life-saving.”

Everyone can help in suicide prevention. Warning signs include:

· Talking about death or suicide

· Hopelessness

· Anger

· Increasing alcohol or drug use

· Isolation

· Mood changes

Recognize these signs and connect the person to help. If you or someone

you know is in crisis or emotional distress, you can call the Suicide

Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The line is available 24 hours a day/ 7

days a week.

To download the prevention apps go to:

For more information on suicide prevention, visit the Suicide Prevention

Resource Center at www.sprc.org or the National Alliance for Mentally Ill

New Hampshire at

www.naminh.org/education/suicide-prevention   or DHHS at