NH Lived Experience Workforce Advancement Blueprint

The NH Lived Experience Workforce Advancement Blueprint is being drafted to present actionable directions for development and enhancement of the workforce of individuals with lived experience across New Hampshire’s mental health system.  This workforce development objective is a stated priority in the 10-Year Mental Health Plan and central to several strategic objectives.

Stakeholder input has been critically important to informing the draft action recommendations contained in the Blueprint.  Virtual feedback sessions on September 30, 2020; October 20, 2020; and December 4, 2020 were attended by representatives from Peer Support Agencies, Community Mental Health Centers, Community Advocates, Leadership of the NH Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Mental Health Services, and many other individuals with lived experience working across the mental health system.    

The public comment period for feedback on the draft action recommendations in the NH Lived Experience Workforce Advancement Blueprint is now open, closing on December 31, 2020.

Click here to review the draft action recommendations.

Click here for the public comment feedback form.

All feedback will be reviewed by the NH Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Mental Health Services, NAMI New Hampshire, and Humannovations.  You may choose to include contact information, or to submit your comments anonymously.  While all feedback will be reviewed and considered, incorporation into the Blueprint is not guaranteed. 

A more comprehensive draft of the NH Lived Experience Workforce Advancement Blueprint, including definition of terms, extended process review, analysis of current lived experience workforce, and logic model will be publicly released on January 20, 2021.  A final public comment period, opened with the release, will close on January 31, 2021. 

The final version of the NH Lived Experience Workforce Advancement Blueprint will be made available in the first quarter of 2021.

If you have questions about this process, please don’t hesitate to contact Kim Murdoch at

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2019 Nonprofit Impact Award

NAMI NH Accepts Nonprofit Impact Award from NH Center for Nonprofits

NAMI NH was honored and humbled to receive the Nonprofit Impact Award from the NH Center for Nonprofits on April 4, 2019. The dedication and tireless work of our Board, staff, and hundreds of volunteers throughout the Granite State made this achievement possible, and we are so grateful for all you do to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness and suicide.

Congratulations to our fellow Impact Award winners Krempels Center and SOS Recovery Community Organization, and to the 3 outstanding individuals honored for their service to the nonprofit sector – Laurie Harding, Julie McConnell, and Jane Difley.

Your Belief... A message from Ken Norton, Executive Director of NAMI NH

Congratulations! Your belief that recovery works, that suicide is preventable, that our stories of lived experience with mental illness can change attitudes, inspire, and provide hope and that collectively we can improve the lives of all people impacted by mental illness and suicide have resulted in NAMI NH receiving the most prestigious nonprofit award in the state – being selected by our peers as one of two 2019 recipients of the NH Center for Nonprofits Impact Awards.

We have only accomplished this through the strength, courage, passion and dedication of you our volunteers and key stakeholders throughout the state. From our Family-to-Family, Parents Meeting the Challenge, and Connect Suicide Prevention teachers, to our Adult, Child Connections, and Survivors of Suicide Loss support group leaders, to our In Our Own Voice, Life Interrupted, and SurvivorVoices speakers, to our Board of Directors, to our New Hampshire Hospital Citizens Advisory Committee, to our NH Family Network Advisory Board, to our NAMIWalks NH, Public Policy, Nominating, and Finance Committee members, to all those who have testified at public hearings, written letters to the editor, called legislators, walked in NAMIWalks NH, participated in our online support groups, or shared social media posts, reached out to someone in need, or shared your lived experience with someone else – you all share in this award!

We also want to thank all of our donors and especially the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Endowment for Health, and the NH Department of Health and Human Services, whose continued support of NAMI NH’s mission has helped extend our reach statewide and amplified our impact.

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