This story is part of a series about behavioral health in New Hampshire as part of the Granite State News Collaborative’s Granite Solutions reporting project. www.collaborativenh.org
The New Hampshire Bar News is a founding member of the collaborative.
By Kathie Ragsdale
New Hampshire Bar News
While asleep in his bed on a spring night in 2002, then-New Hampshire Supreme Court Associate Justice John T. Broderick Jr. was beaten unrecognizable by his son.
Now, 16 years later, Broderick is on a mission to raise awareness about what triggered his family tragedy and visits suffering on many others: mental illness.
The pursuit has seen him travel more than 65,000 miles and speak at more than 320 venues — many of them high school auditoriums and gymnasiums — with the same message: mental illness is common, often treatable, no cause for shame, and something all should be alert to in themselves and those around them.
It’s time, he says, to have a “new conversation” about mental health to prevent the next generation from suffering in silence. More than 68,000 people have now heard the message.