While in-person meetings of many Loss Survivor support groups are currently suspended, several groups have moved to online meetings. Please contact the facilitator of your local group to learn more.
If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, you are not alone. Help will continue to be available 24/7.
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There are several support groups across New Hampshire for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. All of these groups are peer-facilitated and all groups are comprised of fellow survivors who can offer great comfort through conversation and discussion of issues unique to bereavement due to suicide.
Groups for Adults
|Region||Date||Time||Contact||Additional Group Information|
|Claremont||Wednesday - 3rd Wednesday of the month||6:30 - 8:00pm||Connie - (603) 558-0961, or Randy - (802) 376-6115||This group is currently meeting online. Contact Connie or Randy for information on how to join.|
|Concord||Wednesday - 2nd Wednesday of the month||6:30 - 8:00pm||Janyce Demers - (603) 625-9459 or Debbie Baird - (603) 717-5408||Meeting virtually. Contact group leaders for information on how to access the group.|
|Durham||Wednesday - 3rd Wednesday of the month||6:15 - 7:15pm||Amy Oliva||This group is currently meeting online. Contact Amy Oliva for information on how to join.|
|Hampstead||Friday - Every Friday||4:30 - 5:30pm||Dan Wells - (603) 553-0119||Contact Dan Wells for information on how to join.|
|Keene||Monday - Every Monday||6:30 - 8:00pm||Carmen Trafton or|
Penny King - (603) 357-5510
|Meeting virtually each week - Email for information on how to access the group.
All meetings are confidential and open only to survivors.
|Maine||Tuesday - 3rd Tuesday of the month||6:30 - 8:00pm||Jennifer Ordway or Tina Dodge||This group is open to all of Stratford, Rockingham, and Carroll County in NH, as well as ME. Please Jennifer Ordway or Tina Dodge if this will be your first time attending.|
|Manchester||Thursday - 2nd Thursday of the month||6:30 - 8:00pm||John McNally - (978) 804-5791|
|Manchester||Thursday - Every Thursday||6:00 - 7:30pm||Chuck Johnson - (603) 663-4005||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. 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.|
|Merrimack||Wednesday - 2nd Wednesday of the month||6:30 - 8:00pm||Linda Vollmer or Gail McMorrow-Donahue - (603) 930-3640||This group is currently meeting online. Contact Linda Vollmer or Gail McMorrow-Donahue for information on how to join.
Serves Hillsborough County. Group Mission: Grieving Survivors of Suicide is a place to meet and share with others who are suffering a loss to suicide. Annual Events: Group fund raiser walks, annual AFSP teleconference meeting in November, others.
|North Conway||Thursday - 2nd Thursday of the month||6:00 - 7:30pm||Ruth Ann Fabrizio - (603) 374-2434||Sponsored by: Vaughn Community Services, Inc.|
|Portsmouth||Tuesday - 1st Tuesday of the month||6:30 - 8:00pm||Paul Noyes - (603) 770-2987 or Candace Stiteler - (603) 868-2970||No Walk Ins. Please call for more information|
Please note that the groups listed above 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Internet support groups offer another option for people who live in rural areas or prefer tapping into support from home or at different hours.
Alliance for Hope: for suicide loss survivors
Friends for Survival: offering help after a suicide death
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. However, here are two options for children.
Friends of Aine
Based in Manchester, has the mission to provide robust child bereavement services to help children.
Summer camp for children who have lost a loved one to suicide
Alternatively, you may want to consider a general grief support group. These groups are not specific to suicide, but address issues of grief and loss.
Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County and Western Maine – North Conway
Rockingham VNA & Hospice – Exeter/Epping
Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice – New London
Home Healthcare Hospice & Community Services – Keene
(603) 352-2253 x4255
Home Health & Hospice Care – Merrimack