Ken Norton has been involved with NAMI NH for many years and became an employee in 2003. In May 2011, he was appointed Executive Director by the Board of Directors to succeed Mike Cohen. His previous role with the organization was as the Director of the Connect Suicide Prevention Project, a designated National Best Practice Program in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. Ken participated in the development of NH's State Suicide Prevention Plan and was instrumental in passage of legislation which established a state Suicide Prevention Council.
Ken has over 30 years experience in non-profit agencies, most of it in various capacities within the mental health service delivery system, half of that time has been in senior management and leadership positions. He has extensive experience in the provision of direct services, program development and management, training and education, grant writing and fundraising. In addition, his work has also included successful advocacy and systems change efforts made possible through collaboration with other agencies. His work with the Connect Suicide Prevention Program, has led to national and international recognition for his expertise in the field of suicide prevention.
Ken has been personally impacted by suicide and this fuels his passion for mental health and suicide prevention efforts. He is actively involved as a volunteer in his community including serving as a foster parent and working on local environmental issues. Ken enjoys spending time with his family and dog and being in the great outdoors.
- Reducing Risk and Promoting Resilience in Warriors, Family and Community Following a Suicide, Department of Defense/Veterans Administration Suicide Prevention Conference, Washington, DC, 1/2010
- Harnessing New Media and Social Networking for Suicide Prevention, Department of Defense/Veterans Administration Suicide Prevention Conference, Washington, DC, 1/2010
- Military Civilian Collaboration for Suicide Prevention, NH Annual Suicide Prevention Conference, Lincoln, NH, 11/2009
- Reducing Risk and Promoting Resilience and Healing After a Suicide, Defense Centers on Excellence Global Video/Teleconference, Roslyn, VA 9/2009
- Recognize and Connect: Combining Military and Civilian Resources and Strategies to Prevent Suicide, NH National Guard, Concord, NH 9/2009
- Reducing Risk and Promoting Resilience and Healing After a Suicide, Department of Defense Joint Forces Family Readiness Conference, Chicago, IL 9/2009
- New Media and Suicide Prevention, Panelist, National Conference on Health Communication Marketing and Media SAMHSA/CDC, Atlanta, GA 8/2009
- Reducing Risk and Promoting Resilience and Healing After a Suicide, Maryland Army Reserve National Guard, Camp Fretterd, Reistertown, MD 7/2009
- New Media and Its Impact on Suicide Prevention and Postvention, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) New Media Summit, Washington, MD 5/2009
- Keynote: Connect, A Community-Based Approach To Suicide Prevention, Iowa State Suicide Prevention Conference, Altoona, IA 4/2009
- Working with Media and New Technology, Iowa State Suicide Prevention Conference, Altoona, IA 4/2009
- Suicide Postvention IS Suicide Prevention, Iowa State Suicide Prevention Conference, Altoona, IA 4/2009
- Supporting Our Troops! Blending Civilian and Military Culture and Resources to Prevent Suicides for National Guard Soldiers and Soldiers Receiving Treatment from Wounds Sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan, American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA 4/2009
- Safe Messaging and Promoting Responsible Reporting of Suicide, Idaho Teleconference Series, 4/2009
- Building Better Attachments. A Primer for Families Coping with a Child with Attachment Issues, New Hampshire Hospital Grand Rounds, Concord, NH 3/2009
- Keynote: A Model For Community Based Suicide Prevention, Connecticut Suicide Prevention Conference, Cromwell, CT 9/2008
- Community Based Response to Suicide, Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium, San Antonio, TX 6/2008
- Lifebooks: Connecting Foster and Adoptive Children with Their Past, NH Division for Children Youth and Families Annual Conference, Nashua, NH 5/2006