Suicide occurs across all economic, age, social, and racial boundaries, and continues to be a major public health concern and a leading cause of death in the United States.
The City of Nashua Mayor's Suicide Prevention Task Force (MSPTF) is a diverse group of dedicated individuals, let by Mayor Jim Donchess, who are passionate about assisting in the improvement of the lives of those who live with mental illness. By developing and implementing suicide prevention strategies throughout the Greater Nashua Public Health Region (GNPHR), our goal is to prevent further loss of life from suicide. Objectives to meet this goal include collaboration, support, education, and advocacy, in an effort to reduce factors that increase the risk of mental illness, and increase factors that promote resilience.
The backbone of support for the MSPTF is the City of Nashua, through the Office of the Mayor and the Division of Public Health and Community Services. This model, referred to as a “collective impact” model, uses a community-wide approach to tackle the difficult health issue of suicide in our community.