Nancy is an insurance agent who lives in Cape Elizabeth. She has been married to Tim Thompson for 33 years. Together they raised five children: Molly, Emily, Timmy, Russell & Haley, and now have 2 son-in-laws, Marc & Dan along with their first grandchild—Audrey!
In 2004, Nancy lost her middle child, Timmy, to suicide at the age of 18. Timmy took his life as a result of a depression that came on suddenly. Both Nancy and her husband, Tim, tried to access services for Timmy, but the process took too long. Timmy took his life on July 24, 2004. Since that time both Nancy & Tim have spoken publicly about their loss in the hopes of saving lives. They urge those with emerging mental health issues to not take “no for an answer” and to “push a little harder” for services. They also urge people to “not be afraid to speak about their illness” so they may be able to have others help them.
Nancy is a “life-long” volunteer. She was an active member of the Junior League of Portland for 21 years and served as president in 2004. Nancy also served for 7 years on the Center for Grieving Children board and presided as president of the board in 2012-2013. Nancy has sat on the “It’s Takes A Community” Committee for the past 5 years at Spring Harbor Hospital. This committee has created an annual forum to educate the public on mental health and hopefully reduce the stigma associated with it. Nancy also serves on Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s Advisory Committee. Nancy is serving her 6th year on the Maine Suicide Prevention Advisory Council. She also speaks to several police departments for their crisis intervention training (JLP TIP Project) and to local high schools to tell them her “Timmy Story”.
Nancy ran for the House of Representatives in 2011 and 2012 and was defeated both times. As Nancy campaigned, she had many conversations with those that have been effected personally or had a family member with mental health issues. This experience motivated Nancy to continue to work to improve mental health services throughout the state of Maine.
Nancy worked with Representative Paul Gilbert (Jay) and Grace Eaton (Suicide Survivor Parent) and a committee on legislation–LD 609 – An Act to Increase Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Maine Public Schools. This legislation passed unanimously in the House and Senate and was signed into law on April 25, 2013. Nancy has stated, “As a result of having our teachers, bus drivers & cafeteria workers trained on the warning signs of suicide…this legislation will save many lives in Maine.”
Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation (CEEF), Board Member (2007-2010)
Cape Elizabeth school parent volunteer for 21 years 12 years CCD teacher, St. Bartholomew’s Church
Cape Elizabeth Soccer, Basketball & Lacrosse Boosters (1995-2009)
Founder of the Annual CEEF Thompson Award and the CEHS Lacrosse Team Spirit Award in memory of Timmy Thompson
Past President, Junior League of Portland. Active member for over 21 years and President’s Award recipient
Trainer, “Trauma Intervention Program Volunteers,” Portland Police Department
President and Executive Board Member, Center for Grieving Children, seven years
Advisory Council, Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program
National Alliance on Mental Illness: Speakers’ Bureau for “Voices of Suicide Survivors,” and Presenter for the Crisis Intervention Training for police departments throughout Maine
Recipient of the “Volunteers of America Award,” State House, Augusta
About Nancy Thompson
Cape Resident for 28 years
Family: married for 33 years to Tim Thompson; five children – Molly, Emily, Timmy, Russell and Haley – all graduates of CEHS; and dogs Ruben and Reilly
Education: attended Boston College; graduated Katharine Gibbs