Resources and Training for People with Mental Health Conditions
Resources and Training for
People with mental health issues can be at higher risk for suicide. They deserve support and resources to help them live their best lives.
Visit this page to learn more about local and national resources for people who have survived a suicide attempt.
NAMI Rhode Island’s website lists resources for people with mental illness, including information about specific disorders and local services.
The Rhode Island Office of the Mental Health Advocate is an independent State agency staffed by attorneys who provide free legal, investigative, and advocacy services related to treatment, incarceration, housing, employment, and many other legal issues affecting those with mental illness, including substance use disorders. You can call 401-462-2003.
Here is a list of local law enforcement offices in Rhode Island where you can pick up a free gun lock. (Project ChildSafe)
Learn about the importance of locking up over-the-counter and prescription medications (also available in Spanish). Locking up medicines is part of “suicide proofing” your home.
Training is available for and about Service Members, Veterans, and their Families
The Trevor Project offers CARE Training: an interactive and intensive training that provides adults with an overview of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the different environmental stressors that contribute to their heightened risk for suicide.
Youth Mental Health Webinars: Rhode Island Student Assistance Services (RISAS) has free webinars on a wide variety of youth mental health topics recorded on their website. Topics include everything from supporting your LGBTQIA child, to life after the pandemic, to recognizing substance abuse in young people, to understanding social media and young people.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers this suicide prevention training available for general audiences with specific modules for seniors, LGBTQ people, and workplace settings.
Now Matters Now, a skills-based site grounded in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, offers free training for those with suicidal thoughts, substance or mental health problems or their family members and friends. It also offers courses for healthcare, crisis, peer support service and school counseling providers.
RIPRC.org is an online prevention resource and is the official website of the Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center. The RIPRC lists many mental health and substance abuse prevention training opportunities on their calendar.
For healthcare providers, service members, veterans, families, caregivers and the community-at-large
Courses for anyone from Psych/Armor on understanding military culture.
A course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. It focuses on reaching out to provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
A one-hour training focused on “gatekeepers”—people in a position to recognize a crisis and do something about it. A gatekeeper can be a friend, coworker, teacher, boss, or parent.