Mental Health Awareness Advocate to Speak at Convention Opening Business Session
May 20, 2021
John T. Broderick, Jr. will promote awareness and understanding of mental illness at the 2021 GFWC Annual Convention Opening Business Session on Saturday, August 28. He became the Senior Director of External Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 2017, and is an advocate for the R.E.A.C.T. Mental Health Awareness Campaign designed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which provides clear next steps for someone who sees all, or some, of the five signs of emotional suffering in another person.
Broderick was a member of the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1995 to 2010, serving as Chief Justice during the last seven years. After stepping down as Chief Justice, he became Dean of the Law School at UNH. Before entering public service, he was a civil trial lawyer in private practice for over twenty years and formerly served as president of both the NH Bar Association and the NH Trial Lawyers Association. He is an honors graduate of Holy Cross College and the University of Virginia School of Law.
In 2016, Justice Broderick agreed to co-chair the first statewide launch in New Hampshire of a national mental health awareness campaign called Change Direction New Hampshire. Over the past five years, he has spoken countless times to various audiences, including students, about the most common signs of mental illness in an effort to eliminate its mythology, encourage discussion and treatment, and begin to change the unfair and shameful culture that surrounds it.
Success For Survivors Scholarship
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GFWC Millington Junior Women's Club
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