Kuster Meets with NAMI NH, Discusses Federal Funding She Secured To Support Suicide Prevention Efforts
**Congresswoman Kuster is the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force**
Concord, April 12, 2022
Concord, N.H. — Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) met with National Alliance on Mental Illness NH Chapter (NAMI NH) leadership and staff to highlight the $380,000 in federal funding she secured in the 2022 government funding package for NAMI NH’s Connect Suicide Prevention Program to increase capacity and expand awareness of suicide prevention across NH. During the discussion, Rep. Kuster heard from advocates about the importance of federal support and how these funds will help Granite Staters in need.
“The demand for accessible mental health and substance use disorder treatment has skyrocketed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – we cannot turn our backs on Granite Staters in need,” said Rep. Kuster. “I’m proud to continue my work with NAMI NH to support people across New Hampshire in the wake of this pandemic and to secure critical federal resources for the Connect Suicide Prevention Program. No one should have to go through a mental health crisis alone, and this program will help ensure that is the case and raise awareness about suicide prevention here in New Hampshire.”
“The ongoing impact of COVID-19 upon the mental health of Granite Staters is profound, especially for our youth and young adults,” said NAMI New Hampshire Executive Director Susan Stearns. “As we enter the third year of the pandemic, the need for suicide prevention and postvention services has never been greater. NAMI New Hampshire is grateful for Congresswoman Kuster’s support of our community project request to increase capacity and expand our nationally recognized Connect Suicide Prevention Program. While this continues to be a challenging time for us all, together we can help folks hold onto hope for themselves and each other.”
Under the Community Project Funding Request process for the 117th Congress, which was included in this omnibus package, Rep. Kuster secured resources for 10 Community Projects in NH’s Second District, the maximum amount possible. These projects included:
Rep. Annie Kuster is leading the charge in Congress to expand access to mental health resources for those in New Hampshire and across the country. She played a pivotal role in getting the American Rescue Plan over the finish line, which provides $3.88 billion nationally for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Mental Health Services.