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Pain In The Nation: Suicide Rates Projected To Rise In New Hampshire, Linked To Substance Misuse

A new, national studyhas alarming predictions for New Hampshire. The report draws a strong connection between substance abuse and suicide, and says the Granite State will have among the country's highest suicide risks in the upcoming decade.  We get more details, also local reaction to this report, and ideas for mitigating this possibility.


  • John Auerbach - President and CEO of the Trust for America's Health, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on disease prevention. His group is one of two that released this report.
  • Ann Duckless -  Community educator and prevention specialist for NAMI-NH, the N.H. chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 
  • Derek Hughes - A volunteer for NAMI's "In Our Own Voice" speaker series. He is in recovery from a mental illness and has been sober since 2007.
  • Tym Rourke - Director of Substance Use Disorders Grantmaking for the N.H. Charitable Foundation. He's also chair of the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Treatment and Recovery. 

Related Reading:

NAMI In Our Own Voice community presentations are available for schools, workplaces, and other organizations, and feature speakers who can talk about their experience with a variety of issues related to mental health. 

"Report sees surge in U.S. drug, alcohol, suicide deaths," from the New Hampshire Business Review. 

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