A journey through NH's mental health system

By Roger Carroll, Laconia Daily Sun

Part 1 -- Emergency Room 

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.

“Are you here voluntarily?” one of the other patients asked warily.

I was, but I wasn't free to leave.

Read the full story and view video at our partner outlet The Laconia Daily Sun