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N.H. students lead charge to raise awareness, reduce stigma of mental illness

Kudos to these Granite State kids who are doing what they can to raise awareness about mental illness and remove the stigma that surrounds it.

While she was in middle school, Hannah Guillemette launched her “I’ve Got Your Back” campaign, which she calls an “anti-bullying and kindness” campaign. Now a freshman at Bedford High School, Hannah is continuing to work on spreading her message of being “a voice for those who need one.”

“It got too much,” Hannah, who has her own experiences with bullying, told the Union Leader. “People have to stop being mean to people.”

From the story:

She speaks to student groups, handing out blue IGYB wristbands and sending home a message to parents that encourages them to talk about kindness with their children. And she’s enlisting younger kids at middle and elementary schools to serve as IGYB “ambassadors.”

Also on Monday, another student-led campaign was unveiled in Concord. This one features high school athletes “in an effort to raise awareness of mental health issues in their schools,” according to the Union Leader.

R.E.A.C.T. is a partnership among Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state Department of Education and New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association. It’s an offshoot of the Change Direction initiative spearheaded by former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, who is now senior director of public affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

It’s a simple idea but one Broderick hopes will be effective: Posters featuring smiling student athletes with the message: “You’re never alone when you have the whole team behind you.”

The campaign encourages students who are struggling with emotional or mental health issues to seek help from their peers and caring adults. Students from Nashua High School South are featured on the prototype poster.

Way to go, y’all!

Read the full Union Leader story here.

This old Concord diner can be yours for just $33

A screenshot of a Craigslist posting advertising the remains of a circa 1920s wood-framed diner for sale in Concord., N.H.

A screenshot of a Craigslist posting advertising the remains of a circa 1920s wood-framed diner for sale in Concord., N.H.

Here’s something you don’t see every day: A diner built in the 1920s in Concord currently is for sale for $33 on Craigslist. Only the diner’s shell remains, but it’s still a pretty cool piece of history, and could have a nice second life in the right hands.

The diner is described as an oak-framed building that measures 10 feet, 6 inches wide by about 39 feet long. It was built by the Jerry O’Mahony Dining Car Co., of Elizabeth, N.J. It retains main of its original features, including sliding windows and some subway-tile ceramic walls. According to the New Hampshire Preservation Society, the diner building also served as a tailoring shop for a time.

The building is being dismantled and needs to be moved immediately, according to the Craigslist post. If you’re interested, reach out here, and be sure to tell us what you plan to do with the diner!

Concord is going hard for William Shatner

A promotional photograph of the cast of “Star Trek” during the third season (1968–1969). From left to right: James Doohan, Walter Koenig, DeForest Kelley, Majel Barrett, William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, and George Takei. (NBC Television photograph)

Someone in Concord must be a real big Star Trek fan.

In honor of actor William Shatner’s upcoming visit to Concord for a question-and-answer session and hosted screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the city of Concord has proclaimed next Friday as KHAN!CORD Day (lol):

Shatner famously played Capt. James T. Kirk of the starship USS Enterprise in the Star Trek TV series (and, later, movies). But one scene in particular quickly became the stuff of legends: His screaming of KHAAAAAAAAN! in Star Trek II. (In the movie, Kirk and his crew chase the evil Khan Noonien Singh, aka Khan, through space.)

Live long and prosper, Concord. 🖖