PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

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Public News Service - NH: Youth Issues

Carrie Duran of Wolfeboro says she relies on Medicaid expansion to stay healthy so she can care for her children. (Carrie Duran)

CONCORD, N.H. – A House committee will hear testimony on a bill that would reauthorize New Hampshire's Medicaid Expansion program. Rebecca Woitkowski, the early childhood policy coordinator for the advocacy organization New Futures Kids Count, says the expansion plays an integral role in the

Depression, anxiety and self-harm can be early warning signs of a teen at risk of suicide. (TaniaVdB/Pixabay)

SEACOAST, N.H. – Two workshops offering training in teen suicide prevention are coming up next month in the Portsmouth area. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among teens in New Hampshire, after accidental death. Exeter Hospital is funding the workshops as part of a four-year init

Curbing LGBTQ youth suicide is a major goal of support organizations and some doctors in the Granite State.<br />(PICCSR/flckr).

EXETER, N.H. — Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Granite Staters between the ages of 10 and 34. And efforts are under way to curb the problem for LGBTQ youth, who the Centers for Disease Control reports are three times more likely to contemplate taking their own lives. Dr. Bo

Cyber bullies don't take a summer break, and parents can help kids reduce their risks by limiting screen time. (Home of Fixers/Flckr)

MANCHESTER, N.H. – It once happened mostly in schoolyards, but now bullies also launch their attacks on the Web - and those attacks can intensify during the summer break. Traci Belanger is a licensed mental health clinician in New England. She says with one click, information can go to hundr

Family Resource Centers' programs reach about 25,000 New Hampshire residents a year. (D Mosher/Flickr)

MANCHESTER, N.H. - As summer rapidly approaches, kids can find plenty to do at Family Resource Centers all across the state, which also provide opportunities for parents who want to get started on getting their high school equivalency diploma. There are 18 Family Resource Centers in New Hampshire a

Local advocates have spotted a spike in two factors that can contribute to the risk of suicide for young people in the Granite State. It will be a major issue at next month's 13th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference. (Miskatonic/Wikimedia Commons)

CONCORD, N. H. – It isn't a major jump, but mental-health professionals have detected a convergence in two key attitudes that can increase the risk of suicide for young New Hampshire residents. One of the tools suicide-prevention counselors use is the responses students give to surveys that a

Suicide Prevention Hotline employee Joshua Drummond is among those provided free 24/7 help to Granite Staters in crisis. (Headrest)

CONCORD, N.H. – Help is available around the clock, ready to do risk assessment and provide immediate, free help for Granite Staters who are thinking of dying by suicide. Caleb Kelton, who coordinates the National Suicide Prevention Hotline in New Hampshire, says events that can plunge peopl

Younger voters in the Granite State say Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton picked the right issue when they talked about student debt Wednesday at UNH. (L. Meyer)

DURHAM, N.H. – Those most impacted by college debt say it is no coincidence that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday joined Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a rally at University of New Hampshire in Durham. Lucas Meyer, president of the New Hampshire Young Democrats

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