12-26 Roger Carroll

Roger Carroll, managing editor of The Laconia Daily Sun, looks over his medical records from the six days he spent under inpatient psychiatric care. (Photo by Adam Drapcho/The Laconia Daily Sun)

Editor’s note: Laconia Daily Sun Managing Editor Roger Carroll experienced firsthand how the state’s mental health system works, and doesn’t work, when he went through a personal crisis recently and sought help. He writes about his experiences in three parts this week to shed light on that system and help remove the stigma surrounding mental health.

LACONIA – It was the week before Thanksgiving and my world had changed from that of a working journalist with the freedom to come and go as I pleased to being held in a locked psychiatric facility where staff checked on me every 15 minutes to make sure I was OK.

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