May 23, 2016 7:31 AM

NH politicians to help launch mental health awareness campaign

CONCORD (AP) - Republican and Democratic leaders are coming together to launch a new public awareness campaign on mental illness.

The initiative, called Change Direction NH, kicks off Monday morning with an event in Concord. It aims to help people identify signs of mental illness.

All of New Hampshire's top elected officials will attend the launch, including U.S. Senate competitors Republican Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Maggie Hassan. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Reps. Frank Guinta and Annie Kuster and top legislative leaders also plan to attend.

The launch comes as New Hampshire's mental health services are in the spotlight following the non-fatal shooting of two police officers in Manchester. Ian MacPherson, the man accused of shooting the officers, has suffered from mental illness and his father says the system failed to help him.

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