There are many support groups across New Hampshire for those who have lost a family member, friend or relative to suicide. While some groups are peer-facilitated and others are led by professional counselors, all are comprised of fellow survivors who can offer great comfort through conversation and discussion of issues unique to bereavement of suicide. There are also general grief support groups for both adults and children that are not specific to suicide but address issues of grief and loss. Internet support groups offer another option for people who live in rural areas or prefer tapping into support from home or at different hours.
Please note that the groups listed below may not always be actively meeting. Regional Hospitals, local Community Health and Hospice, VNA’s and Mental Health centers may also be a resource for support groups in your area.
If you do not reach a group, call NAMI NH for up-to-date contact information: (800) 242-6264 or (603) 225-5359 or email@example.com.
Contact information listed below is intended for families and individuals so that they may connect with Support Group leaders regarding the group. Contact information is not intended for solicitation of any kind.
Groups for Adults
Greater Concord Area Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group
Contact: Janyce Demers, (603) 625-9459, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: NAMI NH, 85 North State Street, Concord, NH
Day/Time: 2nd Wednesday each month, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Facilitated by: Peer
Coping with a Loved One's Suicide
Contact: Dan Wells (603) 553-0119 or email@example.com; http://nhcopingwithsuicide.com
Location: Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive, Hampstead, NH
Day/Time: Every Friday, 4-5 pm
Facilitated by: Peer
A Safe Place Support Group
The Samaritans – Monadnock Region
103 Roxbury Street, Suite 304
Keene, NH 03431
Contact: Program Coordinator (603) 357-5510 or firstname.lastname@example.org; www.samaritansnh.org
Location: Call for information
Day/Time: Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm
Facilitated by: Peer - All meetings are confidential and open only to survivors.
Brattleboro, VT Suicide Loss Support Group
Location: 191 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT
Day/Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm the 1st ad 3rd Wednesday of each month
Facilitated by: Andrea Edwards - All meetings are confidential and open only to survivors
Counties Served: This group is co-sponsored by The Samaritans and Brattleboro Area Hospice and serves Keene, Chesterfield, Westmoreland, Spofford, and other surrounding areas.
Upper Valley Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Contact: If you are considering attending, please contact Maryanne at (802) 484-7719 or Michael at (603) 795-4435 to talk before attending email@example.com
Location: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH
Day/Time: 2nd Thursday of each month, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Facilitated by: Peers
Counties Served: Western New Hampshire and Eastern Vermont
Manchester Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Contact: Marsha Chapple at (603) 663-6412 (days), 232-7606 (eves), 620-4754 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Brookside Congregational Church (Manning House), 2013 Elm Street, Manchester, NH
Day/Time: 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Manchester VNA Suicide Bereavement Support Group
Contact: Chuck Johnson at (603) 663-4005 or email@example.com - Participation in this support group is open to adults and although registration for this group is not required, it is requested that interested person call prior to attending.
Location: Elliot at River's Edge, in the River Room (2nd Floor), 185 Queen City Ave., Manchester
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:00 ~ 7:30 pm This group will meet on an ongoing basis and will follow a 10 week cyclical agenda which provides the flexibility for participants to discuss current topics/issues of concern.
GREATER NASHUA AREA
Greater Nashua Area Grieving Survivors of Suicide
Group Mission: Grieving Survivors of Suicide is a place to meet and share with others who are suffering a loss to suicide.
Contact: Diane McEntee at (603) 673-7425 or (603) 978-7846(cell) firstname.lastname@example.org, leave message for call back or Maureen Sloan at (603) 578-5966 or email@example.com
Location: Home, Health, and Hospice Office -7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH
Day/Time: 1st Wednesday of each month, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Facilitated by: Peer
Annual Events: Group fund raiser walks, annual AFSP teleconference meeting in November, others
Counties Served: Hillsborough County
Survivors of Suicide ~ Mount Washington Valley Area
Contact: Denise at (603) 356-2324
Location: Reverence for Life, 2503 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, NH
Day/Time: 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Sponsored by: Vaughn Community Services, Inc.
Seacoast Suicide Survivor Bereavement Support Group
Contact: contact Jayde or Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org to register
Location: Community Campus Board Room (Located on the lower level), Portsmouth, NH
Day/Time: 1st Wednesday of each month, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Resources for Children
At this time there are no grief groups in New Hampshire specifically for children who have experienced a loss to suicide. However, there are several support groups for children and teens grieving the loss of a loved one.
Survivors Road2Healing.com - Resources for Children and Teens
Children’s Good Grief Program
Home Health & Hospice Care, Nashua, NH
GAPS (Grieving Assistance Program for Children)
Hospice at HSC
Mountain of Hope
Center Ossipee, NH
603-569-2729 Ext. 230
VNA of Manchester & Southern NH, Inc., Manchester, NH