NAMI NH

Grief Support Groups for Survivor 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

RegionDateTimeLocationAddressContactAdditional Group Information
ClaremontWednesday - 3rd Wednesday of the month6:30 - 8:00pmGreater Sullivan County Survivors of Suicide Loss - Valley Regional Hospital, Chapel Room243 Elm Street, Claremont, NH 03743Connie - (603) 558-0961, or Randy - (802) 376-6115 Use the Emergency Room entrance then ask receptionist for directions to The Chapel Room. If this will be your first time attending, or if you would like more information, please contact Connie or Randy.
ConcordWednesday - 2nd Wednesday of the month6:30 - 8:00pmGreater Concord Area Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group - NAMI NH Office85 North State Street, Concord, NH 03301Janyce Demers - (603) 625-9459 or Debbie Baird - (603) 717-5408
DurhamWednesday - 3rd Wednesday of the month6:15 - 7:15pmSurvivors of Suicide Loss Group - Waysmeet Center15 Mill Road, Durham, NHAmy
KeeneMonday - Every Monday6:30 - 7:30pmA Safe Place Support Group - The Samaritans - Monadnock Region25 Roxbury Street, Suite 113, Keene, NH 03431Carmen/Penny King - (603) 357-5510 - WebsiteAll meetings are confidential and open only to survivors.
LaconiaNot currently meetingWinnipesaukee Survivors of Suicide Loss GroupThis group is currently on hiatus. Contact Debbie Baird for more information.
LancasterThursday - 1st Thursday of the month6:30 - 8:00pmNorth Country Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group - Weeks Medical Center (Hospital)173 Middle Street, Lancaster, NHRichard Cotter - 603-219-8912 or Sara Cotter - 603-631-5629.If you are considering attending, please contact Richard Cotter, 603-219-8912 or Sara Cotter, 603-631-5629.
ManchesterThursday - 2nd Thursday of the month6:30 - 8:00pmManchester Survivors of Suicide Support Group - Brookside Congregational Church (Manning House)2013 Elm Street, Manchester, NHJohn McNally - (978) 804-5791
MerrimackWednesday - 2nd Wednesday of the month6:30 - 8:00pmGrieving Survivors of Suicide - Home, Health, and Hospice Office7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NHLinda Vollmer - (603)-801-6856 or Gail McMorrow-Donahue - (603) 930-3640Serves 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 ConwayThursday - 2nd Thursday of the month6:00 - 7:30pmSurvivors of Suicide - Mount Washington Valley Area - Reverence for Life2503 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, NHDenise - (603) 939-2086Sponsored by: Vaughn Community Services, Inc.
PeterboroughWednesday - 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month4:30 - 6:00pmPeterborough Survivors of Suicide Loss Group - Home Health and Hospice Services45 Main Street, Peterborough, NHMarguerite Cheney, (603) 532-8353
PortsmouthTuesday - 1st Tuesday of the month6:30 - 8:00pmPortsmouth Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group - Seventh Day Adventist Church861 Middle Rd. Portsmouth, NHPaul Noyes - (603) 770-2987 or Candace Stiteler - (603) 868-2970No Walk Ins. Please call for more information

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

Local

Camp Kita
Summer camp for children who have lost a loved one to suicide
http://campkita.com/

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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