NAMIWalks NH raises more than $147,000 to go towards mental health awareness, and suicide prevention


WMUR’S SIOBHAN LOPEZ HAS MORE ON
THE FUNDRAISING EFFORTS OF THE
2019 NAMI-WALKS NEW HAMPSHIRE.>>YOU ARE NOT ALONE. SIOBHAN: NOT ALONE IN STRUGGLING
WITH MENTAL ILLNESS OR DEALING
WITH THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE TO
SUICIDE. THAT IS THE MESSAGE OF HOPE
ADVOCATES WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE
AWAY FROM THE STATE’S LARGEST
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS AND
SUICIDE PREVENTION EVENT.>>TEAM TOMMY
SIOBHAN: ALYSSA AND TOM
NICKERSON REPRESENTING TEAM
TOMMY 5 CARRY THE BANNER FOR THE
2019 NAMIWALKS NEW HAMPSHIRE,
WHILE CARRYING THEIR SON TOMMY’S MEMORY CLOSE TO THEIR HEARTS. THEY LOST THE 18-YEAR-OLD TO
SUICIDE IN 2017 AFTER HE
STRUGGLED WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
FOR YEARS.>>WE LEARNED THROUGH HIS DEATH
UNFORTUNATELY BUT HE TOUCHED SO
MANY LIVES
SIOBHAN: THE EVENT FAR-SURPASSED
THIS IS YEAR’S FUNDRAISING GOAL
OF $125,000 AND WILL CONTINUE TO COLLECT DONATIONS THROUGH
NOVEMBER
>>ALL OF THESE DOLLARS GO TO
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, SUPPORT
GROUPS, AND ADVOCACY. SIOBHAN: OFFICIALS SAY
LEGISLATIVE COMMITMENT TO MENTAL
HEALTH IS THANKS IN PART TO
PEOPLE LIKE THE ONES HERE TODAY
WHO ARE WILLING TO STAND UP AND
SHARE THEIR STORIES.>>REAL STRONG BIPARTISAN
SUPPORT AROUND MENTAL HEALTH AND
WE HAD THE MENTAL HEALTH 10-YEAR
PLAN RELEASED IN JANUARY A LOT
OF THOSE COMPONENTS ARE IN THE
BUDGET. SIOBHAN: LIKE THE MORE THAN TWO
THOUSAND WALKERS AND VIRTUAL
WALKERS RAISING MONEY FROM HOME,
THE NICKERSONS STAND COMMITTED
TO HELPING OTHERS.>>WE DO ALL WE CAN TO HELP
OTHER FAMILIES AND VETS, ANYONE
SUFFERING WITH AN ILLNESS TO
ERASE THE STIGMA AND BARRIERS
BECAUSE IT SHOULD BE TREATED
LIKE ANY OTHER ILLNESS AND IT’S

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