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New Hampshire Bucks National Youth Suicide Rate

March 12, 2007

Suicide rates for young people have been rising nationwide over the years, but in New Hampshire, the rate is showing a decline. In fact, there were no suicides of anyone age 18 and under last year. A new survey released today (Monday) shows that Granite State residents are learning suicide is preventable and that mental health treatment works. Mike Cohen with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, New Hampshire chapter says the public is sensitive and supporting of the topic.

"People understanding that suicide is preventable, taking on responsibility for helping their communities stay healthy, and getting help if they need it."

There were no suicides of anyone age 18 and under last year. Cohen believes it will take a lot of work to keep that rate in decline because many studies have shown risky behavior that underlines suicidal behavior, such as substance abuse, has been rising. And he adds, access to mental health care is still difficult for many New Hampshire citizens.
The survey shows there's an understanding that neighborhoods and communities have a role to play in preventing suicide.

"People were willing to not only respond to someone who they thought might be threatening, but they thought mental health services could work. They also knew what to do."

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH