September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

This summer, the Thetford Academy community was devastated to lose two alumni to suicide. The loss of these young lives has impacted our community deeply, underscoring the important role we can all play in supporting those in crisis. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and we want to make sure that everyone in our school community is aware of the mental health and crisis support resources available both at TA and in our region.

At Thetford Academy, we work hard to build strong connections with each student, and to make sure our students know they have adults ready to listen and help them if they need support. If you are concerned about yourself, a family member, or a student, here are some of the people you can reach out to at TA. Below are some links to local resources and sources of information for those who are in immediate crisis, or are seeking to learn more about the topic of suicide prevention. 

We want to take this opportunity, too, to thank Thetford Academy’s Class of 2013, who have partnered with the Clara Martin Center in Vermont to remember their classmate and colleague, Micah Porter. The Class created the “Micah Fund” to honor “Micah’s compassion and his unforgettable contributions to the Upper Valley” as a peer mentor and advocate for Upper Valley youth. All donations will be used to provide crucial assistance to teens and young adults in the community who are struggling. Thank you, Class of 2013.


TA Resources

School Counselors
Mark Pichette
Rebecca Walter
Molly Dugan-Sullivan

Student Assistance Provider
Kara Toms

Dean of Students
Siobhan Lopez

Director of Special Education
Deb Sanders-Dame

School Nurse
Sue Farrell


Local Mental Health Services

Clara Martin Center
Dartmouth Hitchcock


24-hour Hotlines  

Clara Martin Center 24hr Emergency Services: (800) 639-6360

DHMC Psychiatric Emergencies: (800) 556-6249, press 7

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor

Wise: (603)448-5922 (crisis support, advocacy, prevention of gender based violence)


Learn More – Education and Resources

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Suicide Prevention Lifeline