Ken Norton

Executive Director

Ken Norton is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI NH).  Ken attended his first NAMI group in 1982 and has been involved since personally as a family member, as a volunteer and professionally He was named NAMI NH’s first Case Manager of the Year in 1991.  After working many years as a clinical social worker in community mental health, Ken was hired by NAMI NH in 2003 to lead the development of NAMI NH’s Connect Suicide Prevention Program which is designated as a National Best Practice program, and is recognized nationally and internationally for its community based suicide prevention, intervention and postvention training.  Ken has served on numerous local and national workgroups and committees related to suicide prevention, health and mental health, and has presented across the US as well as several countries.  Ken participated in the planning for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and serves on several Action Alliance task forces.  Ken also serves on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Steering Committee.  Ken was instrumental in developing and legislatively establishing the NH Suicide Prevention Council and serves on the Governor’s Commission on Managed Care, the Mental Health Commission and the NH Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative.  Ken has served as a foster parent and is an active volunteer in his community working on environmental and social justice issues.  Ken enjoys spending time with his family and being in the great outdoors.

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