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Suicide Prevention

Finding Hope

A series exploring suicide prevention in New Hampshire.

Reporting by Leah Willingham, photography by Geoff Forester


Day 1: Sharing

Holly Fenn didn't talk about the suicide of her son, Dalton, who died at age 14 for a long time. Now, she's speaking out. Read the story.

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Holly Fenn greets retired New Hampshire Supreme Court justice John Broderick before their mental health presentation at Windham High School on Wednesday night. Fenn was handing out materials from her suicide prevention foundation.

With: Youth suicides on the rise in New Hampshire.
 

Day 2: Overcoming

Liz Siegfried, an Exeter High student, felt isolated and sometimes suicidal after her arrival to New Hampshire. Now, she’s among those helping others overcome depression. Read the story.

Day2.jpgLiz Siegfried, standing in the hallways of Exeter High School, recounts the difficulties she had when she arrived at the school two years ago. “I don’t want someone sitting in class, crying and thinking some of the things I was thinking.”

 

With: The role of schools in preventing suicides.
 

Day 3: Surviving

Almost a year after his suicide attempt, Tyler Paquet of Laconia continues his path to healing. Read the story.

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Tyler Paquet in one of his favorite spots in downtown Laconia, the gazebo near the old mills on Oct. 12.

With: Making the call is the first step to getting help. Next comes the process of ensuring a network of resources and a safety plan are at the ready.
 

Day 4: Healing

Three families living 10 miles apart come together after a shared experience – they each lost a son within a year of each other. Read the story.

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Paul Dickey is overcome thinking about his son at the 'Out of the Darkness' walk at the State House in September.

With: Although young women attempt suicide more often than young men, the rates of suicide for young men are far higher.

Day 5: Preventing

She attempted suicide at 19, but a decade later Amanda Fontaine has built her career around prevention. Read the story.

Day5.jpgAmanda Fontaine is now working on her doctorate and teaching her own class for the first time at the University of New Hampshire; a course on the sociology of food.


With: Fears about the contagion effect can limit dialogue, but experts say talking about the issue can save lives

 

Get help

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

  • The N.H. Community Behavioral Health Association is an organization comprised of 10 community mental health centers throughout New Hampshire. The association serves as an advocate for a strong mental health system across the state. Call 225-6633.
  • Riverbend Community Mental Health provides specialized behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults and their families. Call 228-1600.
  • NAMI N.H. is a grassroots organization of and for people of all ages, their families and friends who are affected by mental illness. Through NAMI N.H., you’ll meet other individuals and family members who have struggled with mental illness. Call 225-5359.