Grief Support Groups for Survivors of Suicide Loss

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 info@naminh.org.

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

CONCORD

Greater Concord Area Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group

Contact: Janyce Demers, (603) 625-9459, didorun@myfairpoint.net
Location: NAMI NH, 85 North State Street, Concord, NH
Day/Time: 2nd Wednesday each month, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Facilitated by: Peer

HAMPSTEAD

Coping with a Loved One's Suicide

Contact: Dan Wells (603) 553-0119 or dwells5@sau81.org;
Location: Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive, Hampstead, NH
Day/Time: Every Friday, 4-5 pm
Facilitated by: Peer

KEENE AREA

A Safe Place Support Group

The Samaritans – Monadnock Region
103 Roxbury Street, Suite 304
Keene, NH 03431
Contact: Program Coordinator pc@samaritansnh.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

Contact: brattleborohospice@verizon.net; www.brattleborohospice.org OR (802) 257-0775
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.

LEBANON

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 uvsos@valley.net
Location: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH
Day/Time: 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Facilitated by: Peers
Counties Served: Western New Hampshire and Eastern Vermont

MANCHESTER

Manchester Survivors of Suicide Support Group

Contact: Marsha Chapple at (603) 663-6412 (days), 232-7606 (eves), 620-4754 (cell) or mahshah@comcast.net
Location: Brookside Congregational Church (Manning House), 2013 Elm Street, Manchester, NH
Day/Time: 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Directions

Manchester VNA Suicide Bereavement Support Group

Contact: Chuck Johnson at (603) 663-4005 or cjohnson@elliot-hs.org - 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) dmcentee1415@gmail.com, leave message for call back or Maureen Sloan at (603) 578-5966 or maureendsloan@gmail.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

NORTH CONWAY

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.

PORTSMOUTH

Seacoast Suicide Survivor Bereavement Support Group

Contact: contact Jayde or Chris at sspcbereavement@gmail.com 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.

National

Survivors Road2Healing.com - Resources for Children and Teens
http://www.road2healing.com/children.html

New Hampshire

Children’s Good Grief Program
Home Health & Hospice Care, Nashua, NH
800-887-5973
http://www.hhhc.org/services/support_groups.php

GAPS (Grieving Assistance Program for Children)
Rochester, NH
603-335-7777
http://www.victimsinc.org/gappage.htm

Hospice at HSC
Keene, NH
800-541-4145
http://www.hcsservices.org/services/hospice/bereavement_support.php

Mountain of Hope
Center Ossipee, NH
603-569-2729 Ext. 230
http://www.vnahospice.net/news_events.htm

Stepping Stones
VNA of Manchester & Southern NH, Inc., Manchester, NH
603-663-4005
www.manchestervna.org/hospice_support_groups.asp

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