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‘We’re going to do it for Scott’ – Working to help veterans with mental health challenges
06-05-2023 9:03 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Bill Kelly became the executive director at the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center without the usual elation associated with such a promotion.The weight of the role settled heavily on his shoulders, as it came in the wake of devastating news. The...

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Supportive housing for adults with disabilities to take shape downtown
04-04-2024 12:27 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A lack of housing options forces many adults with intellectual disabilities to live at home with family, while others wait for a spot at a group home to clear. But what’s exceedingly rare and hard to find is independent living.A new project in...


Efforts renewed to include eating disorder helpline on student IDs
04-04-2024 10:29 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

A year after its initial veto, a bill advocating for the inclusion of an eating disorder helpline on student identification cards made a comeback, this time proposing a different helpline number linked to the National Alliance for Eating...


New Hampshire Hospital increases bed capacity
03-27-2024 10:23 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

New Hampshire Hospital has expanded its bed capacity in an effort to stop boarding patients in hospital emergency rooms.The “E” unit at the inpatient psychiatric facility in Concord, originally designed for children, has undergone renovations to...


How can police better respond to mental health crises? New Hampshire’s review process stops short compared to neighboring states.
02-17-2024 6:45 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNANand CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Shandi Elliott refuses to call the police when her teenage son faces a mental health crisis. She doesn’t want her son to end up arrested or hurt. Instead, she pins her hopes on the state’s mobile crisis unit to step in and help de-escalate the...


Medical assistance in dying bill draws large turnout
02-07-2024 5:09 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

People in wheelchairs, others relying on crutches, some facing terminal illness and some caregivers packed a hearing Wednesday for a bill that would allow medically assisted dying in New Hampshire.While most of the attendees expressed support for...


Six-year-old from Concord testifies against bill that would prohibit SEL classes
02-05-2024 6:01 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Cordelia Dubois, a first grader at Abbot-Downing School in Concord, was unhappy when her mother told her some of the social and emotional learning classes that she enjoys might be coming to an end.So she took center stage at a hearing for House Bill...


End-of-life debate: Suicide or personal liberty?
02-03-2024 4:25 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Dennis Pratt envisions the end of his life with a joyous gathering of loved ones, filled with nostalgic reflections, shared cherished photos and accompanied by his favorite instrumental piece from the French composer Gabriel Fauré playing in the...


New bill to support transitional housing for individuals with mental health illness
01-17-2024 4:20 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Jessica Renda didn’t realize that things were about to get difficult when her eldest daughter was discharged last summer from New Hampshire Hospital, a state-run psychiatric facility.After treatment for her mental health illness, Renda’s daughter, now...


Program looks to address burnout among health professionals
12-28-2023 5:14 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

In the throes of the pandemic, Penelope Perri shouldered the responsibility of guiding a team of healthcare workers through a maze of changes.While working as the director of Concord Hospital’s Employee Assistance Program, Perri found herself on the...


Year in review: State restructures its mental health system 
12-27-2023 5:25 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Longstanding deficiencies with the state’s mental health system may have reached a turning point in 2023 as government and industry leaders worked to address issues such as timely access to care and a new investment of resources.One lingering problem...


Public health and social justice should be focus of NH marijuana legalization efforts, advocates say 
11-28-2023 4:01 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

If New Hampshire chooses to legalize recreational marijuana, the focal point should be redirecting revenue from marijuana sales toward public health and social justice programs, mental health and public policy advocates said.“What we have to...


New Hampshire Hospital suspect had a history of mental illness 
11-21-2023 4:01 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Friday afternoon was not John Madore’s first visit to the New Hampshire Hospital, the state’s secure psychiatric facility in Concord.He was admitted to the 185-bed hospital on Clinton Street in January 2016 because police and his family believed he...


Breaking News: Fatal shooting at New Hampshire Hospital: Suspect is dead
11-17-2023 4:49 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The suspect and one victim are dead following a shooting Friday afternoon at New Hampshire Hospital, the state psychiatric facility on Clinton Street in Concord, authorities said.An emergency call about an active shooter came in at 3:38 p.m.,...


DHHS employee criticizes state’s handling of mental healthcare
11-02-2023 5:34 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Last year’s keynote speaker at the annual conference of the state’s Suicide Prevention Council was removed by police from this year’s event for trespassing after showing up with a sign criticizing the state’s mental health system.Wearing a sign that...


Working and walking for open conversations about mental health
09-29-2023 5:23 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Sara Hoey knows the profound pain of losing her only child. Laura Christy endured the sorrow of saying goodbye to her beloved husband. Lauranne Wingard, in her own way, has suffered the loss of her childhood.What unites the three women is the presence...


Bow School District introduces wellness cards for students and staff
09-26-2023 5:53 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Heidi Pauer’s work-life balance went askew as her life circumstances shifted, leaving her mentally drained.She wanted to get her priorities sorted and get back on track.“I just needed something to shift because what was working before wasn’t working...


Collaborative efforts in mental health crises may yield better outcomes
09-19-2023 7:15 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Lisa Madden sees progress in the state’s collaborative efforts to better handle and de-escalate volatile mental health crisis situations without the use of deadly force.By engaging in collaborative efforts and leveraging the expertise of both law...


Concord school district secures grant for youth mental health services
09-14-2023 5:15 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As the state works to strengthen its mental health care system, the Concord School District will receive nearly $1 million to support school and family mental health services.The federal grant will expand the school district’s existing partnership...


Despite new process, mental health emergency hearings remain flawed
09-12-2023 7:32 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Flanked by an armed security guard and two nurses, Sarah was escorted through the hallways and waiting rooms at Elliot Hospital after she overdosed in January.She was held involuntarily and moved to a secure holding area with two separate doors, each...


Encouraging open conversations on mental health
09-08-2023 6:02 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Karen Privé has been struggling with her mental health since she was just six years old.Now 52 years old, with a successful long-term marriage, cherished roles as a stepmother and grandmother, and a career in research administration thanks to her...

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