Suicide Rising in New Hampshire Headrest, the 24-hour suicide hotline which started at Dartmouth College in 1971 has seen an increase in suicide calls.
- In the last 8 months, there has been an increase of 50% or more calls to Headrest.
- In 2016 to 2017 there was 882 suicide calls.
- In 2017 to 2018 1,218 suicide calls.
- In the beginning months of 2019 suicide calls have already surpassed 898.
As the suicide calls continue to shoot up, the harder it is for Headrest to keep up with the demand. New Hampshire’s biggest cities seem to be the most at risk. The third largest group of suicide calls coming from Concord, the second coming from Manchester, and in first Nashua. Due to the increasing demand for Headrest services, the group is asking for state funding for the first time ever to keep up with increasing demand.
Willingham, Leah. “Calls to N.H. Suicide Prevention Hotline Doubled This Year .” Concord Monitor , Concord Monitor, 28 Mar. 2019, https://www.concordmonitor.com/Suicide-prevention-hotline-says-calls-have-doubled-this-year-24379385
Helpful resources. Crisis counselors can be reached by texting 741741.