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Opinion: NH is taking a dark path discriminating against transgender children
07-25-2024 6:00 AM

By JESSICA ADAMS

Jessica Adams lives in Nashua. On July 19, Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law House Bill 1205 which will require all sports teams for grades 5-12 to be designated for “males, men, or boys,” “females, women, or girls,” or “co-ed or mixed.” He also...

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Riverbend’s outpatient services closure leaves many without counselors
07-19-2024 2:14 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After many attempts to find the right therapist, Katie Pope, who was going through a rough patch in her marriage, had almost given up. She had nearly resigned herself to the belief that she would never find someone she could truly open up to.“I was...


Person exposed to measles visited several restaurants, including one in Concord
07-18-2024 4:44 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

A person who had been exposed to measles visited several restaurants earlier this month, including the Texas Roadhouse in Concord, and health officials are warning people who may have come in contract with them to be careful.“Anyone who is not...


New Hampshire Telephone Museum partners with Honor Bear Project to bring attention to veteran suicide
07-18-2024 3:02 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

To address the rate of suicide among veterans and first responders, the New Hampshire Telephone Museum is partnering with The Honor Bear Project to plant over 660 American flags this Saturday.The event kicks off at 1 p.m. at the museum in Warner, with...


Opinion: Tackling burnout in our healthcare workforce
07-17-2024 6:00 AM

By AHMED KUTTY

Ahmed Kutty, MD lives in Peterborough. A recent paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association dated June 25 (page 2,067) reporting on a study in 2020 said one in five physicians in the U.S. intended to quit practice in the next two years,...


Opinion: Why I give blood, and why you should too
07-13-2024 6:30 AM

By DAN WISE

Dan Wise is a freelance writer and a certified occupational therapy assistant. He lives in Concord. I have been donating blood for 20 years or so. The Red Cross periodically thanks me and tallies the number of pints I have given. (Sometimes,...


NH police struggle with effectiveness of mobile crisis units due to extended wait times
07-05-2024 1:55 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

For police officers in New Hampshire, having a mobile crisis team of trained clinicians and social workers respond alongside them to calls involving mental health crises can be an invaluable resource. But the lengthy response times — sometimes...


New Hampshire enforces stricter rental property lead safety regulations
07-01-2024 12:42 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Starting this month, New Hampshire will enforce a significant change to its lead law to reduce exposure in buildings constructed before 1978, which is expected to lower the number of young children exposed to lead hazards.The new section of the law...


DHHS’ new roadmap targets major improvements in mental health and other health services
06-30-2024 8:00 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Investing in people and culture, promoting thriving communities and improving customer service are three core commitments included in a new roadmap for 2024-25 released by the state’s health department. The plan lays out initiatives and goals for the...


Planning the end: Remembering Barbara Filion's joy in life's simple pleasures
06-14-2024 2:24 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Barbara Filion’s celebration of life unfolded just as she would have wished.The grass remained damp from the earlier downpour but the sun’s rays filtered through the canopy of trees, casting golden hues upon the ground at Newcastle Commons,...


Attorney general: Fatal officer-involved shooting stemming from mental health call justified
06-12-2024 4:07 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office has concluded that four Manchester police officers were justified in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Alex Naone.The incident occurred on May 26, 2023 following a 911 call from Naone’s fiancée, Shannon...


Concord's supportive housing strives to meet mental health needs amid high demand
05-27-2024 10:48 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

In one corner of the room rests a collection of perfume bottles and jewelry, while on the opposite side is a towering stack of DVDs. The walls are covered with artwork and paintings, framing a neatly made bed with tightly tucked sheets.This is Denise...


Hopkinton’s Dawn-Mar Ranch provides healing with horses
05-22-2024 2:43 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

From the earliest days she can remember, Marcia Evans has been enchanted by horses.As a child, she dreamed of riding, but her father had a different vision for their family farm, focusing on cows for milking.Despite this, Marcia’s passion for riding...


Senate kills bill allowing medical aid in dying
05-16-2024 11:33 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After months of intense public debate, with Granite Staters on both sides of the legislation that would allow medical aid in dying, packing the room at every public hearing, the Senate voted on Thursday to kill the bill.“I think that the tragedy is...


Opinion: Bode Miller film, The Paradise Paradox, highlights mental health struggles in ski towns
05-13-2024 5:03 PM

By JIM DOREMUS

Jim Doremus is chair of the board at Riverbend Community Mental Health. He lives in Henniker. Mental health is a serious concern in every corner of the Granite State, but a relatively hidden problem is the high incidence of depression, anxiety and...


New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition provides kits for safer drug use
05-11-2024 7:14 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Boxes filled with tourniquets, sterile water, bagged cotton and all the necessary supplies for safe drug administration are neatly arranged on the table within the office space of the New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition in Concord.Every Thursday,...


Suicide rates in New Hampshire declining since 2018, report says
04-27-2024 4:59 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

New Hampshire’s efforts to fight suicide have made progress, with a consistent decline in suicide death rates since 2018, according to the recently published 2022 Annual Suicide Report.The report, compiled jointly by the National Alliance on Mental...


New Hampshire residents weigh compassion and caution in medical aid in dying bill
04-24-2024 3:56 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Phillip Kaneb, sporting a vibrant blue shirt with a sticker boldly stating “no suicide,” strolled around the State House’s hallways on Wednesday, pausing intermittently to admire the paintings hanging on the walls, his infectious smile bringing joy to...


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...

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