NH 1st State Launch to “Change Direction” on Mental Health

May 23, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. – First Lady Michelle Obama was among the first supporters of a new approach to mental health called Change Direction, and now the Granite State is becoming the first in the nation to launch a statewide effort.

Doctor Bill Gunn is director of Primary Care Behavioral Health at the NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in Concord. He says Change Direction New Hampshire aims to increase our willingness to talk about emotional stress and mental illness. It will focus on getting Granite Staters to know the five warning signs of emotional distress.

“To legitimize in the same way we would look for signs of arthritis or heart attack or anything else,” says Gunn. “That these are the signs of emotional suffering.”

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