New Hampshire's Mental Health Crisis
Suicide Rates by Young Adults in New Hampshire are on the Rise
New Hampshire’s young adult suicide rates are growing at a saddening rate. The rates of suicide by young adults in New Hampshire are 50% higher than the national average, according to the Concord Monitor. Certain regions in New Hampshire are even worse. The northern part of the state has suicide rates almost as high as Alaska, the state with the highest rates of suicide in the country. As a state, we are seriously lacking funding for suicide prevention. We spend roughly $100,000 while Massachusetts spends millions.
A variety of risk factors affect young adults from New Hampshire:
- Lack of preventative resources
- Harsh winters that can lead into seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Access to guns
- Risk of substance abuse
New Hampshire is in desperate need to help our young adults feel as if they have another choice. To implement change, as a state we should increase funding and resources in regions that need it the most like the North Country. If you or anyone you know if struggling with feelings of suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifelineis free and confidential support for those in distress, and to offer prevention and crisis resources. You can reach them at 1-800-273-8255. For individuals on the UNH campus, there are a wide range of mental health services offered through Health & Wellness, you can schedule an appointment online here.