Suicide Prevention

Mental Illness: Myths and Facts (SAMHSA)

Mental illnesses are very common. They are also widely misunderstood. People with mental illnesses are frequently stigmatized by others who think it’s an uncommon condition. The truth is, mental illness can happen to anybody. Arm yourself with the facts, then use your knowledge to educate others and reach out to those around you with mental illness. Understanding and support are powerful, and they can make a real difference in the life of a person who needs them.

If somebody told you he had diabetes, how would you react? If you’re like most people, you’d express sympathy and concern, offer your support and reassurance, and feel confident that your friend’s condition would improve with treatment. Now, if that same friend told you he had a mental illness, what would you do? Too many people respond negatively when confronted with a friend’s mental illness, and this only fuels the stigma surrounding the diagnosis.

The reality is, mental illness is no different from physical illness. Conditions like depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders affect a person’s body. The emotional and psychological aspects of mental illness make supportive friends and family even more important to a person’s recovery. So, now you know you can help just by being there and offering your reassurance, companionship, emotional strength, and acceptance. You can make a difference just by understanding and helping your friend throughout the course of his or her illness and beyond.

Suicide Prevention & Intervention
Toll Free Crisis & Help Lines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
A free 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or distress. Call for yourself or for someone you care about. website

National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-877-YOUTHLINE
A free 24-hour helpline. Your call will be routed to a crisis center nearest you. YOUTHLINE offers teen to teen peer counseling. website

The Samaritans 1-877-583-8336
The crisis hotlines are available 24/7 to anyone who is feeling lonely, depressed or suicidal. website

The Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386
Provides life-saving and life-affirming resources for LGBTO youth, including nationwide 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline. website

New! Lifeline Protocols for Facebook and Social Media(PDF)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network (and other help lines) answers thousands of calls from people in emotional distress. Please call for any of the following reasons: Suicidal thoughts, Information on suicide, Information on mental health/illness, Substance abuse/addiction, To help a friend or loved one, Relationship problems, Abuse/violence, Economic problems, Sexual orientation issues, Physical illness, Loneliness, Family problems.

NH DHHS Bureau of Behavioral Health 
The state is divided into ten community mental health regions.  Each region has a contracted Community Mental Health Center (CMHC).  If you are experiencing a crisis call 911, the statewide hotline 1-800-852-3388, or the emergency room of your local hospital.  For less urgent situations contact your local CMHC.

Community Mental Health Center (Region 10)
Center for Life Management

10 Tsienneto Road, Derry, NH 03038

Parkland Medical Center
One Parkland Drive, Derry, NH 03038

Search for Mental Health Care & Counseling services. Select from options in right column or dial 211 from any phone in-state to speak to an information & referral specialist.

National Alliance on Mental Illness NH offers support and education programs for those with mental illness and their families.
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