January 26, 2022
(Dover, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) visited Dover High School today to meet with students and staff to learn how the school is tackling rising rates of mental health problems. adolescent mental health during the pandemic, including through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connect Youth Leaders in Suicide Prevention program. The students led the meeting and shared how the program has helped them.
“I am so grateful to the students who spoke to me today about the mental health issues they and their peers face and the initiative they have taken to lead efforts to help. The pandemic took its toll on young Granite Staters, who experienced unprecedented isolation, disrupted learning, and hardship during those formative years. Mental health and suicide prevention efforts are more important than ever to support our students,” said Shaheen. “Today’s conversations will stay with me as Congress continues to craft legislation that holistically responds to the challenges created by the pandemic. Young Granite Staters should not suffer through this crisis alone, and they are programs like this that make a difference.
Shaheen is a Senate leader who works to shed light on the mental health crisis and promote suicide prevention efforts. Shaheen has fought to secure funding for mental health and addiction services during the pandemic, including $4.25 billion in funding through emergency COVID relief legislation in the year last and nearly $4 billion through the US bailout. She also moderated virtual discussions on the epidemic of youth and adolescent mental health, and she invited Maureen O’Dea, president of the New Hampshire School Counselors Association and principal of the school council at Londonderry High School, as a virtual guest at President Biden’s joint address to Congress to highlight the need to address adolescent mental health challenges. Shaheen also previously presented the Guidance in Elementary and Secondary Schools Actto increase the availability of mental health resources in US public schools.