Grant awarded to The Mental Health Center for suicide prevention and intervention initiatives

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester was awarded $400,000 from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the agency’s Zero Suicide initiative to support local suicide prevention efforts. This initiative supports efforts by community mental health providers to implement comprehensive suicide prevention and intervention programs that raise awareness and improve care and outcomes for those at risk for suicide. We thank Senators Shaheen and Hassan, as well as Congressman Chris Pappas, for their support of this very important service for the citizens of the greater Manchester communities.

“The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester has done a remarkable job transforming its approach to providing client care which has helped decrease deaths by suicide by more than 40%,” said Congressman Pappas“These federal funds will go a long way in furthering their important work by allowing them to train additional staff to better identify early warning signs and provide support for those most in need.”

During negotiations for the emergency COVID-19 relief legislation that passed Congress and was signed into law in December, Shaheen successfully fought for the inclusion of language – which Hassan supported – providing $4.25 billion in funding for substance use disorder treatment and mental health care. Thus far, New Hampshire has received more than $16 million through this funding