Susan Stearns

Susan Stearns is Executive Director of NAMI New Hampshire (National Alliance on Mental Illness).  She has worked in the non-profit sector in New Hampshire for over 30 years, advocating for families, children, and individuals with disabilities.  Her personal experience advocating for loved ones in both the child and adult mental health systems drives her passion for transforming New Hampshire’s system of care in order to improve the lives of all Granite Staters affected by mental illness and suicide.   

Susan does this work because no mother’s child should have to fear seeking help for a medical condition because of stigma.   

She serves as the facilitator of the Hillsborough County Coalition on Mental Health & Justice and is a member of the Governor’s Commission on Disability, Governor’s Advisory Commission on Mental Illness and the Corrections System, the Board of Directors of the Lakes Region Mental Health Center, the New Hampshire Justice Involved Veterans Task Force, and the New England Advisory Team for the region’s SAMHSA-funded Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.