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Funding will be a big help

Described as a “mental health emergency” by U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas, youth suicide has skyrocketed to the second most common cause of death among young Americans.

Late last week, Pappas, fellow U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan announced more than $730,000 in federal grant money headed to the Granite State to fight the ever-growing epidemic.

The grant money will go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire. The funding will be used to raise awareness about youth suicide, educate the public and ensure those in crisis can get the help they need.

Hassan praised the alliance for its work in addressing mental health challenges and said she would continue working “to end the stigma attached to mental health challenges, as well as ensure that New Hampshire has the resources it needs to help families and communities affected by mental health struggles.”

Pappas added, “We must ensure that our young people here in New Hampshire get the help and support they need.”

Both are on the mark. It is past time that suicide is a stigma, and every effort must be made to assist those contemplating such an act. Hopefully, this is but an initial deposit and more funding is set aside to provide the help that is much needed.

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