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Deerfield Safety Service Needs Finding a Way Forward

January 13, 2017

Over the past decade, several ballot initiatives for additional safety buildings in Deerfield, New Hampshire have been defeated. Last year, the Select Board completed a community survey regarding safety buildings. Before moving forward with any additional specific proposals, the Select Board sponsored a review and discussion of safety service needs in Deerfield. An active group of volunteers comprised of Deerfield residents worked with New Hampshire Listens from fall 2015 to fall 2016 to design a community conversation about the future of safety services in Deerfield. The conversation was intended to help residents move toward resolution of outstanding concerns about how best to meet the town's safety needs.

All Walks of Life: A Statewide Conversation on Mental Health

April 23, 2014

On November 14th, 2013, a consortium of organizations and interests sponsored All Walks of Life: A Statewide Conversation on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Over 300 New Hampshire residents met in six different locations across the state to talk about their priorities, concerns, and ideas regarding mental health and substance abuse in New Hampshire. At the outset, the goals of this conversation were related both nationally and statewide: The three main goals of the National Dialogue: Get Americans talking about mental health to break down misperceptions and promote recovery and healthy communities Find innovative solutions to our mental health needs that are relevant to communities and that serve young people, in particular, Develop clear action steps to move forward in a way that complements existing local activities