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Keep Sound Minds continues work to raise awareness of mental health issues

Union Leader Correspondent

March 15. 2015 8:40PM
Ken and Danielle Lambert of Brentwood with their children, Shane and Kaleigh, who died in 2008. (Courtesy)

BRENTWOOD — A local mental health awareness group formed after the tragic deaths of Shane and Kaleigh Lambert and their aunt is working on several projects and will participate in an upcoming forum on mental illness.

Keep Sound Minds remains active seven years after its founders, Ken and Danielle Lambert of Brentwood, lost their two young children when they were carried into traffic on Interstate 495 in Lowell, Mass., by their mentally ill aunt, Marci Thibault, who also died.

Lambert and the organization are preparing for various speaking engagements, a benefit concert, a scholarship program, and a documentary film on suicide prevention.

Lambert said the organization is excited about the upcoming events and continuing a tradition of reaching out and trying to help people and families throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts.


“In many ways these are baby steps in the midst of a huge and complicated problem, but these kinds of steps still need to be taken,” he said.

He plans to speak on a panel at a mental health forum to be held on March 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ, at 197 Middle Road/Route 111-A in Brentwood.

The event, sponsored by the church’s Peace and Justice Committee, is open to the public and will feature Lambert, Jay Couture, executive director of Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth and Calvin R.Genzel, a licensed psychologist and director of clinical services at Pastoral Counseling Services in Manchester.

The forum is aimed at educating people about mental illness and how communities can help. It will also address state funding concerns in the area of mental health.

“We feel that mental illness and mental health is now more widely talked about in the mainstream than it was a few years ago. This is a good start, but it is just the beginning. Now our communities need to become educated, and formulate plans for what to do and how to do it,” Lambert said.

A concert to benefit Keep Sound Minds is also planned for April 10 featuring the Chicago tribute band Introduction-The Chicago Experience with Charlie Farren. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the Portsmouth Gas Light Company at 64 Market St. in Portsmouth. For more information on the show and to order tickets, go to

Lambert and Keep Sound Minds board member Danielle Csogi will also speak at a “Youth at Risk” conference on June 3 at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass.

Meanwhile, the group is making plans to award a $1,000 scholarship for the second year to a student in the psychiatric nurse practitioner program at Rivier University in Nashua.

The Lamberts and Keep Sound Minds organization are also teaming up with the Samaritans of Greater Boston on a documentary project featuring that group’s work and addressing issues related to suicide prevention.

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