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posted Sep 18, 2014, 1:02 PM by Michael Lepene

A message from RICHMOND MIDDLE SCHOOL

Dear Parents/Guardians;

Earlier today, HHS experienced the suicide death of one of their students. We are all deeply saddened and have our crisis management procedures in place to help your children with their reactions to this tragic loss.

Our district crisis team is supplemented by many community resources that are available to talk with your children and answer their questions. Their names and numbers are listed below: 

West Central Behavioral Health 603 448-5610
DHMC Emergency 800 556-6249
DHMC Out Patient Services 603 650-7075
Headrest Teen Suicide Hotline 1 800 639-6095 (24/7)
Health Care Rehabilitation Center  802 886-4500
Sally Ackerman Clinical Psychologist 603 229-2290 

Your child may have some unresolved feelings about this death that he/she would like to discuss with you. You can help your child by listening carefully, not overreacting, accepting his/her feelings, and answering questions honestly according to your beliefs. Please observe your child for any signs which indicate he/she may need help in dealing with this tragedy, such as; talking about death, dying or suicide; feeling hopeless or having no purpose in life; increasing use of alcohol or drugs; increased anxiety or reckless behavior; sleep disturbances (either too little or too much); or increased isolation from others. 

For more information about suicide warning signs or available resources:

● Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7) at 800.273.8255 (TALK) 

○ Suicide Prevention Resource Center at  http://www.sprc.org

○ National Alliance on Mental Illness, NH at www.naminh.org

○ (for youth) The Center for Health & Learning at www.umatterucangethelp.org

If you have any additional questions or feel the need for further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact any member of our counseling team.

John Lacrosse Guidance Counselor
Liz Powers Guidance Counselor
David Drazin School Psychologist
603 643 6040

We have also attached a warning sign checklist with resources from the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

File attachments:
Recognize the Warning Signs Poster For NH FINAL.pdf

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