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Mental Heath & Suicide Prevention


If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, please reach out and get support:

If you feel your life or that of another is at risk please call 911!

Recognize the Warning Signs for Suicide to Save Lives


  • Dover Mental Health Awareness- The Dover Mental Health Alliance (DMHA) was born from community members with a shared interest, from across all sectors, to tackle the stigma of mental illness and shine a light on the importance of recognizing that our mental health is just as important as our physical health.
  • The Cook Center for Human Connection -  made resources available at to help increase hope in a time of continuing uncertainty and growing mental health concern. 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline– call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
  • Veterans Crisis Line– veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.
  • Crisis Text Line– free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
  • Trans Lifeline– call 1-877-565-8860 for a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs community members might have.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline– call 1-800-985-5990 for a 24/7 national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
  • The Trevor Project– a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call 1-866-488-7386 to connect with a trained counselor.
  • The LGBT National Help Center– call 1-888-843-4564. Open to callers of all ages. Provides peer-counseling, information, and local resources.


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Adolescence can be a particularly hard time for many children. They are experiencing many changes, not only in their bodies, but their feelings as well; each child being unique to the other.  Some children often feel misunderstood as they struggle through the changes facing them. 


 Unfortunately, many adolescents have contemplated the idea of suicide, or have had to deal with the tragedy of the loss of a friend or acquaintance to the act of suicide.  The whole experience can be hard to understand. 

We have devoted a section of our website to providing parents and families with resources pertaining to suicide prevention.  By using the links provided, you will learn more about early warning signs, as well as different resources you can utilize if you or someone you know needs support.


Please take a moment to look through some the resources provided.


For Information relating to Adolescent Mental Health and Suicide Click Here

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Local Crisis Lines

Call 1-800-242-6264
Mental Illness Call: 603-225-5359
Call 1-800-894-5533
Connect Suicide Prevention 
Community Partners
Call 603-516-9300
Dover Area Family Resources: Click here.

National Crisis Lines

A crisis line is a service that provides free, confidential support and resources for people in emotional distress.  The service is provided by a trained crisis counselor on the phone and in some cases by text and/or chat.  You can call or text for help with someone you're worried about or for yourself.  In addition to the resources listed below, some states have their own crisis lines with phone, text and/or chat services.  Information for the State of New Hampshire is provided below as well.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 800-273-TALK (8255)
Chat service and other information: Go to
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741
Other information: Go to
Trevor Project
Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24
Trevor Lifeline: Call 1-866-488-7386
TrevorText: Text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200
TrevorChat and other information and resources: Go to


Critical Response Team


District Suicide Prevention Coordinator/Critical Incident Response Team Lead

Christine Boston


Critical Incident Response Team

Christine Boston
Abby Small
Erica Helm

Travis Bickford

Donna Berchulski

Carolyn Schwartz

Beth Lent

Elizabeth Norris

Chelsey Dinwoodie


Dover High School Suicide Prevention Coordinators

Peter Driscoll-Principal

Carolyn Schwartz- Director of School Counseling

Maureen Lagrua- School Counselor

Kyle Cote- School Counselor

Justin Pagnotta- School Counselor

Lisa Burrows- School Counselor

Amy Chase- School Counselor


Dover Middle School Suicide Prevention Coordinators

Kimberly Lyndes- Principal

Kaitlyn Fogg- Gr 5 School Counselor

Joan Breault- Gr 6 School Counselor

Mary Calhoun- Gr 7 School Counselor

Beth Lent-  Gr 8 School Counselor


Garrison Elementary School Suicide Prevention Coordinators

Beth Dunton- Principal

Ashley O’Keefe- School Counselor


Horne Street School Suicide Prevention Coordinators

Brittany Granfield- Principal

Chelsey Dinwoodie- School Counselor

Ruth Rossi- School Counselor


Woodman Park School Suicide Prevention Coordinators

Patrick Boodey- Principal

Elizabeth Norris- School Counselor

Alexis Corbin- School Counselor



Information and Updates


The Dover School district annually trains all staff in suicide prevention using the NAMI Connect Training. More information regarding NAMI and  NAMI Connect can be found here.


Parent and community member training in the NAMI Connect model are held monthly at Dover High School. The next session is on Thursday December 2nd from 5-7pm. This training is possible due to a partnership with the Dover Mental Health Alliance and NAMI-NH.  This training is limited to 30 participants per session and you can register here


Students in Middle and High School are trained using the SOS- Signs of Suicide training. This training is possible due to support from Connor’s Climb, an Exeter foundation that provides suicide prevention education to NH youth and the community. More information on Connor’s Climb and SOS training can be found here.  


Students at Dover High School have the option of also participating in the NAMI Connect Youth Leader Training. There are currently 34 students at Dover High School trained to provide this program to their peers.