New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
June 2, 2022

Michael S. Garrity, Director of Communications | (603) 931-9375

New Hampshire Attorney General Joins the Fight Against Youth Suicide

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella is pleased to announce that he has added his name to the 36 Attorneys General across the United States who are working with The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) as an Ambassador to address the public health issue of youth and young adult suicide.

In New Hampshire, suicide ranks as the leading cause of death for young people ages 12- 18, which represents most middle and high school age youth. It also ranks as the second leading cause for the age grouping of 10-24 in the state.

"I am proud to serve as an Ambassador for the Jason Foundation," said Attorney General Formella. "Suicide, particularly among our young people, is something we must all take urgent action to address, by raising awareness as well as sharing and improving resources. Under Governor Sununu's leadership, New Hampshire has taken significant steps over the past few years to combat youth suicide. Moving forward, I believe this partnership gives New Hampshire an important seat at the table in the national conversation surrounding this issue, looking at everything from best prevention practices, to gaining insights to better prepare communities to spot warning signs and ultimately stop these tragedies from taking place in the Granite State."

The Jason Foundation, Inc. is recognized as a national leader in youth and young adult suicide awareness and prevention with over 175 affiliate offices located in 38 states, providing services for all 50 states.

"We are elated that General Formella has agreed to become an Ambassador to support our efforts in New Hampshire and across the nation," said Clark Flatt, President of JFI.  "His enthusiasm and eagerness will go a long way to help us stop this tragedy of suicide."

Attorney General Formella and The Jason Foundation will be working together in collaboration with the Governor, State agencies and other non-profits in the coming months to continue to raise awareness of this important issue and bring additional resources to New Hampshire's youth and families. To find out more about The Jason Foundation and their programs, visit

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