Suicide Prevention in Rhode Island
Everywhere you look in Rhode Island, there is hope. “Hope” is our one-word state motto. Hope is on our state flag. Hope Street runs through our capital city. And dotting our state are Hope Valley, Hope Village, Mount Hope—the list goes on. So, it should come as no surprise that if there is one thing we want you to know when it comes to suicide prevention in Rhode Island, it’s that there is hope.
There is hope in Rhode Island communities.
From free trainings to lethal means safety programs to school-based referral systems, Rhode Island is pioneering ways to keep people informed and better connected to resources and services.
There is hope in Rhode Island for service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF).
Check out these local and national resources for SMVF.
Rhode Island has one of the lowest suicide rates of any state in the country.
In the most recent available data (2019), Rhode Island was ranked 43rd out of 51 states (including the District of Columbia) for rate of suicide. That means that 42 other states had a higher suicide rate. Get the data. At the same time, we recognize that every loss to suicide is one too many. Our hope and our goal is zero.
Hope Needs You
There is a role for every Rhode Islander to play in preventing suicide. It can start with learning more. Taking a training. Talking to your community about the importance of mental health. Or volunteering with one of our local suicide prevention organizations. Whatever it is, we know this: hope needs you to keep going.