Your Partner for a Safer & Healthier Community


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Communities understand that substance use disorders and suicide are public health concerns requiring a community based approach of consistent and widespread prevention, early identification and connection to treatment and recovery support services to promote a culture of health and wellness.

Partners in Community Wellness Goals:

The role of PiCWell is to conduct three core prevention functions: 1) Alignment of regional prevention efforts with the goals of the state plan for addressing substance misuse; 2) Building, maintaining and sustaining a regional network of professionals and community members who are concerned about preventing substance misuse and suicide in the region; and 3) Leveraging resources and providing technical assistance to promote best practices within six core sectors (Safety and Law Enforcement, Health & Medical, Education, Government, Business, and Community and Family Supports) in the community.

Partners in Community Wellness Suicide Goals and Objectives:

  • Goal 1-Reduce suicide incidence in the Winnipesaukee Public Health Region.
  • Objective 1-Reduce the percentage of high school age youth who report having attempted suicide in the past year to 4% (baseline=7.6%, 2009-2013 YRBS)
  • Objective 2-Reduce the rate of suicide or self-harm related emergency department visits to 16.0 per 10,000 population (baseline=20.5 per 10,000 population)
  • Objective 3 (developmental)-Increase the number of people trained in Suicide Prevention, Postvention and/or Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) within key community sectors.
  • Objective 4 (developmental)-Increase the proportion of media professionals who have received training in appropriate reporting of suicidal events following the national Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media.
  • Objective 5 (developmental)-Increase utilization of postvention training and protocols (i.e. After a Suicide Toolkit, Media Recommendations) for first responders, law enforcement, emergency departments, schools and others who may be involved or affected by a suicide to reduce risk of contagion and promote healing.
  • Objective 6 (developmental)-Identify key data sources and tools that may better identify high-risk populations and/or other trends which would inform suicide prevention efforts.

For more in-depth information please see Priority Areas 3 and 4 in the Community Health Improvement Plan
Click here to view Community Health Improvement Plan-Full Plan

Brian Keys, Fire Fighter/Paramedic/Recovery Coordinator, Laconia Fire Department Region
Carissa Elphick, MA, CRS-A/D, ServiceLink, Partnership for Public Health
Daisy Pierce, Ph.D., Executive Director, Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region
David Ferruolo, MSW, LICSW, MLADC, Ed.D, Health First Family Care Center
Dawn Shimberg, Director, Tilton Youth Assistance Program
Eric Adams, PET Officer, Laconia Police Department
Jennifer Jackes, Director of Short Term & Acute Services, Lakes Region Mental Health Center
Joy Moody, CRSW, Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center
Kandyce Tucker, Coalition Coordinator, Franklin Mayor’s Drug Taskforce
Kerri Lowe, CPS, ACERT Coordinator/FSS, Lakes Region Community Services Family Resource Center
Kimbly Wade, Substance Misuse and Suicide Prevention Manager
Lisa Ransom, M.Ed., School Counselor, Inter-Lakes High School
Michelle Lennon, MA, CRSW, Pastor, Northfield-Tilton Congregational Church & GTAFRC
Sara Dupont, MSW, Medical Social Worker, Speare Memorial Hospital (Chair)
Shauna Foster, Program Manager, New Beginnings without Violence
Brody Testa, Youth Representative
Andrew Gately, Youth Representative

To learn more about the Partners in Community Wellness Team

Contact: Kelley Gaspa at