New Hampshire Fights Back Against Youth Suicide
2018 Stories of the Year: New Hampshire fights back against youth suicide
Martha Dickey, Tina White and Tanya Decato don’t want anyone else to experience the loss and pain they did. That’s why their families have spent the last year fighting for suicide prevention programs to expand in the state through fundraising, blogging and public speaking.
Their sons – Jason, Alec and Seth – were three of 38 young people to take their lives in the state in 2017, the highest year for suicides among that age group in the Granite State in two decades.
“It’s an unspoken thread between us – we know what the others are going through,” White said. “It’s that awful club we’re in together.”
The Dickeys, Whites and Decatos are fierce advocates to save the lives of children and to get help for people suffering from mental illness. Like the rest of the United States, suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals under 24 years old. But New Hampshire’s rates are 50 percent higher than the national average, and they’re spiking.