ALL WALKS OF LIFE: A Statewide Conversation on Mental Health and Substance Abuse

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Whether you are concerned about adequate services, costs, stress on the state’s infrastructure, or someone you love, mental health and substance abuse affects every corner of the Granite State. Now, for the first time, stakeholders from policy leaders and administrators to family members and consumers will come together to talk about how to create a healthier state.

Join regional gatherings across New Hampshire on Thursday November 14 that will
get our state talking,
change misperceptions,
and shape solutions to promote healthier communities.

We hope you can join us. Register here or call 862-0692 and spread the word.

As part of a national dialogue on the issue of mental illness,
five leading New Hampshire behavioral health organizations
have joined together to host these conversation:

New Futures
the NH Community Behavioral Health Association
National Alliance on Mental Illness, NH
the NH Providers Association
and the NH Psychological Association.

NH Listens is honored to be asked to be the convener for this important event.


Steering Committee

Steve Ahnen, NH Hospital Association
Sheila Gardner, NH American Psychological Association
Helen Hanks, NH Department of Corrections
Mark Joyce, NH School Administrators Association
David Juvet, Business Industry Association of NH
Amy Kennedy, NH Governor’s Office
David LaCroix, Lakes Region Consumer Advisory Board
Shawn LaFrance, NH Foundation for Healthy Communities
Damien Licata, Monadnock Peer Support Agency
Janet Monahan, NH Medical Society
Ken Norton, National Alliance on Mental Illness NH
Susan Paschell, The Dupont Group
Linda Saunders Paquette, New Futures
Abigail Shockley, NH Alcohol and Other Drug Service Providers Association
Geoff Souther, Bureau of Behavioral Health, NHDHHS
Kristine Stoddard, Bi-State Primary Care
Nancy Rollins, NH Department of Health and Human Services
Daniel Ward, Veteran’s representative
Nicole Sawyer, Clinical Psychologist
Nicholas Tolentino, Combat Veteran OEF/OIF

This event is part of a national conversation. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) is working this year with partners across the country to elevate and coordinate community conversations as part of a national conversation on behavioral health, launched by the White House, in coordination with the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Education. The goals stressed by SAMHSA include the following:

  • Get Americans talking about behavioral health to break down misperceptions and promote recovery and healthy communities;
  • Find innovative community-based solutions to behavioral needs, with a focus on helping young people; and
  • Develop clear action steps for communities to move forward in a way that complements existing local activities.


Thursday, November 14th

5:30 p.m. Sign in and refreshments

6:00 p.m. Program begins


  • Berlin - directions
    White Mountains Community College
  • Concord - directions
    NH Audubon McLane Center
  • Keene - directions
    Bentley Commons
  • Nashua - directions
    Amherst Street Elementary School (cafeteria)
  • Plymouth - directions
    Whole Village Family Resource Center
  • Portsmouth - directions
    Portsmouth High School (cafeteria)

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