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Planning the end: Barbara Filion looks to Vermont for medical aid in dying
03-02-2024 7:30 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Barbara Filion made her way carefully to the kitchen, sidestepping furniture, making sure her footing remained steady as she opened her freezer stocked with tubs of chocolate ice cream swirled with white chocolate.“This is the best!” she declared,...

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Planning the end: Barbara Filion ends terminal cancer battle in Vermont
04-05-2024 5:20 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The air whispered with a crisp chill, while the skies donned a cloak of somber gray, painting a typical Vermont scene caught in the days between the fading grasp of winter and spring’s hesitant arrival.For Barbara Filion, this was the day she had...


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...


Bill banning products made with PFAS moves forward
03-26-2024 5:43 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Mattresses, feminine hygiene products, food packaging and several other everyday items with added forever chemicals, may face a potential ban as a bill prohibiting their sale and distribution in New Hampshire progresses forward to the House of...


Planning the end: ‘It’s hard, but it’s beautiful’
03-22-2024 3:11 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Stencils of hummingbirds rest on a bench in the quiet corner of the living room, their outlines traced onto paper. Beneath them, small canvases painted in a riot of colors held a message that read: “Keep a green tree in your heart and maybe a singing...


Committee recommends passage of end-of-life options bill
03-06-2024 5:54 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Dubbed by some as state-sanctioned suicide and by others as a means to alleviate the suffering of those with terminal illnesses, a bill providing end-of-life options heads to the full House of Representatives with a favorable recommendation.After...


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...


Ratings agency knocks Dartmouth Health over financial performance 
12-21-2023 2:39 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

LEBANON — Fitch ratings downgraded Dartmouth Health’s outlook from stable to negative last week.The outlook change was due to weak operating cash flow with operating losses that accelerated in fiscal year 2023, according to the Dec. 13 rating action...


D-H long COVID clinic has no shortage of patients
12-07-2023 4:36 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

PLAINFIELD — One day in this past May, Susan Kahn, a 77-year-old Plainfield resident, was unable to get up.Her husband, Chris Rollins, called 911. She was unconscious with heart palpitations and says there were no Upper Valley cardiologists available...


Dartmouth Hitchcock continues to see finances improve
11-30-2023 1:16 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

LEBANON — Dartmouth Health continues to see a financial loss on operations, but the red ink has subsided substantially since last year, according to filings with bondholders last week.For the first quarter of fiscal year 2024, which ended Sept. 30, DH...


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.,...

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