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Thursday
Feb052015

US Rep Guinta applauds Senate passage of Clay Hunt SAV Act 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – On January 12, Congressman Frank Guinta voted in support of the Clay Hunt SAV Act, a bipartisan bill to improve mental health care and suicide prevention resources for American servicemembers.  Following the Senate’s passage of this legislation on February 3, Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement: 

 

“Far too often, our veterans return home with wounds in mind and body.  In New Hampshire, we have one of the highest veteran populations per capita in the nation -  we know all too well how difficult a veteran’s transition into civilian life upon returning from overseas can be.  I was honored to support this legislation and with the Senate’s bipartisan passage of the Clay Hunt SAV Act, we as a Congress have taken an essential step towards ensuring our service members have the very best care and resources to assist them.  We must continue to find these common sense, bipartisan solutions.  Our nation’s heroes deserve nothing less.” 

 

The bill now awaits the President’s signature to become law.

 

To read the text of the Clay Hunt SAV Act, please click here.

Tuesday
Sep092014

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

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/suicide/council.htm

Saturday
Sep062014

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

Concord, NH – Suicide continues to be a very serious issue in New

Hampshire; it’s the second leading cause of death for youth and young

adults ages 15 – 34 and the fourth leading cause of death for people ages

35 – 54. Increasingly, technology of all kinds is being utilized in

prevention and screening for suicide risk. On Monday, September 8th the New

Hampshire Suicide Prevention Council will be highlighting the various types

of “IT” and how they are being used to aid in suicide prevention, including

electronic medical records, interactive training videos and cell phone

apps.



This is a unique opportunity to hear about how technology has changed the

efforts towards the prevention of suicide.



Speakers for this event include:

Dr. Daniel Potenza, Psychiatric Medical Director, New Hampshire Department

of Corrections and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth

Medical School.

Dr. P. Travis Harker, Family Physician, Concord Hospital Family Health

Center

Staff Sergeant Dana Osborne, State Resilience Coordinator, New Hampshire

National Guard

Jennifer Schirmer, Disaster Behavioral Health Coordinator, Emergency

Services Unit, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

JoAn Morin, Hotline Coordinator, Headrest, Agency that answers

1-800-273-TALK in NH



DATE September 8, 2014

9:00 AM



EVENT Technology uses for Suicide Prevention





LOCATION Legislative Office Building

Lobby

Concord, NH

Tuesday
Sep102013

NH DHHS - Preventing Suicide Through Changing Attitudes: The Times They Are A Changin’

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 8-14, 2013 by

stressing the importance of challenging assumptions and attitudes to help

improve prevention efforts.



This year’s theme is Preventing Suicide Through Changing Attitudes: The

Times They Are A Changin’. “Nationally, one person commits suicide about

every 14 minutes,” said NH’s Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero.

“Here in New Hampshire, it’s the fifth leading cause of death overall and

the second for people between the ages 15-34. These statistics underscore

the need for us to work together to change attitudes related to suicide and

work to connect people with the help they need to prevent it. We know this

works because our health care providers, regardless if they’re a primary

care provider or a specialist, are now recognizing warning signs and are

helping connect their patients with the help they need.”



Attitudes and professional cultures have been changing for the positive in

the State, which is helping to reduce stigma and more people being offered

help. “One example of that is a program that DHHS, Easter Seals and the New

Hampshire National Guard have been working together on called the

Deployment Cycle Support Program,” said DHHS Associate Commissioner Nancy

Rollins. “The program, being implemented statewide, is offered to our

military personnel. It provides comprehensive care coordination to our

military, helping them to access mental health services and other supports.

Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die. They

just want to end the pain they are experiencing. Recognizing this pain

early can lead to saving lives. There are services and programs available

in the State for the assessment of suicidal behaviors and their underlying

causes.”



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.



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 BBH

www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bbh/contact.htm

Saturday
Sep072013

NH DHHS - Preventing Suicide Through Changing Attitudes The Times They Are A Changin’

Concord, NH – Suicide continues to be a very serious issue in New

Hampshire; it’s the second leading cause of death for youth and young

adults ages 15 – 34 and the fourth leading cause of death for people ages

35 – 54. However, attitudes and the changing of professional cultures are

making a significant impact in reducing stigma, strengthening our State’s

safety net and increasing supports for people at risk. On Monday, the New

Hampshire Suicide Prevention Council is announcing steps that our State

systems are taking to translate these changes in attitude towards positive

outcomes.


This is a unique opportunity to hear about how the “mind set” in law

enforcement, medicine, education and the military has changed for the

better in the efforts towards the prevention of suicide.


Speakers for this event include:

Kevin Stevenson, New Hampshire Department of Corrections

Major General Bill Reddel, Adjutant General, New Hampshire National Guard

Major Russell Conte, Commander Field Operations Bureau, New Hampshire State

Police

Dr. Stuart Glassman, Concord Hospital and President Elect, New Hampshire

Medical Society

Pauline Laliberte, Guidance Department, Bow School District


DATE September 9, 2013

9:00 AM


EVENT Suicide Prevention Council Announces New Programming

For Changing Times



LOCATION Legislative Office Building

Lobby

Concord, NH