Tune in to the 6th Annual Magnify Voices Expressive Art Contest May 22 at 6:30 p.m.

In a Crisis?

Finding Support for NH Youth Experiencing Mental Health Conditions

Four girls with backpacks talking to one each other in front of a school

Parenting can be overwhelming – especially when your child is experiencing mental health symptoms. Thankfully, there is a community of organizations, programs, and resources in the Granite State that exists to support NH youth and their families. You are not alone.

The NH Children’s System of Care (CSoC) website maintains a database of resources available locally and statewide – there are also resources curated for providersNH CSoC
was formed to improve the lives of children and youth in the Granite State by guiding families and professionals through a network of resources and assistance while building awareness and political support among state leadership.

Families and Systems Together (FAST) Forward is New Hampshire’s program that provides youth and family-driven wraparound services focused on keeping the child/youth in their home community. FAST Forward utilizes a team approach that embraces their unofficial motto: “It takes a village to raise a family.”

Traditional Residential Enhanced Care Coordination (TRECC) is designed to help children and families navigate transitions between residential treatment or inpatient psychiatric treatment back to the community.

The New Hampshire Family Network at NAMI New Hampshire provides a foundation of educational tools and resources; connects families to professionals, educators, and peers for support; and inspires individuals to advocate for themselves and their families.

NAMI New Hampshire offers NAMI Basics, a free 6-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. NAMI NH also offers family peer support, parent/caregiver support groups, the Life Under Construction
social media platform for youth to connect around mental health, and a private Facebook group for parents/caregivers.

The Magnify Voices Expressive Art Contest
provides a platform for NH youth in grades 5-12 to share their art related to mental health experiences. All Magnify Voices participants are celebrated each May with an event that showcases the art submitted. Students who participate can opt-in to the judging portion and be eligible for a scholarship as well as reprinting of their art in an academic planner. Additionally, the Magnify Voices Road Show exhibit travels around the state throughout the year to spotlight youth perspectives on mental health.