New Hampshire suicide prevention plans and initiatives
In 2008 New Hampshire law established the State Suicide Prevention Council (SPC), now housed within the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Community Based Care Services, Bureau of Behavioral Health (DHHS/DCBCS/BBH) and tasked the Council with overseeing implementation of the state suicide prevention plan, evaluating its progress, and recommending program changes, funding opportunities, and updated plan priorities (RSA §§ 126-R:1 through R:3). The SPC is also charged with promoting policy change on suicide prevention-related matters. In 2021, the SPC revised the state plan and released the New Hampshire Suicide Prevention Plan 2021-2024, along with the plan’s Addendum.
Released each fall, New Hampshire Suicide Prevention Annual Reports are produced by NAMI New Hampshire (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Connect Program, the SPC, and the Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly, an ad hoc committee of individuals and organizations that meets monthly to study suicide prevention and postvention across the lifespan. The reports, which provide a summary of accomplishments and data from the previous year, can all be found on the Connect Program website, including the most recent 2021 Report.