Welcome to RIYSPP

The Rhode Island Youth Suicide Prevention Project (RIYSPP) is funded by a Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grant. The grants are awarded to States, Native American tribes and institutions of higher learning and are designed to support efforts to reduce the number of suicides among youth ages 10 - 24. The RIYSPP is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island Department of Health with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Grant No. 5U79SM05873).

RIYSPP implements evidence-based suicide prevention education programs in selected public schools and community-based organizations that serve adolescents and their families. The project provides a safety net for at risk youth by instituting screening, identification, and referral protocols, training gatekeepers, integrating suicide prevention into college curricula,and providing a media campaign about who is at risk and how to respond.

 
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Child & Adolescent Development: Puberty. This article provides an overview of puberty and the physical, mental, emotional and social changes that occur during this time. More...
Depression: Major Depression & Unipolar Varieties. This topic center is a comprehensive overview of the unipolar mood disorders with an emphasis on the causes of and treatments for depression. More...
Suicide. A comprehensive overview of Suicide, addressing the nature of suicide, what to do if you are suicidal, and how to help friends or family members who are suicidal. More...

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Kristas True Story of Help & Hope for Teen Suicide Prevention
"Krista got a late night call from a friend when she was in middle school. The friend's talk of disappearing and thinking that people would be better off without her made Krista think her friend might kill herself. She talked to her mother and to the school counselor. Her friend got help, and Krista realizes that " it never, ever hurts to tell an adult -- always tell someone!"  More...

Trying to Find a Cry of Desperation Amid the Facebook Drama
For adolescents, Facebook and other social media have created an irresistible forum for online sharing and oversharing, so much so that endless mood-of-the-moment updates have inspired a snickering retort on T-shirts and posters: “Face your problems, don’t Facebook them.”  More...

RI Youth Who Committed Suicide Gave Warning Signs
Eighty percent of young people who committed suicide in Rhode Island told someone they were thinking about killing themselves  More...

CDRT Youth Suicide Issue Brief
The Rhode Island Child Death Review Team (CDRT) is a multidisciplinary team operating under the auspices of the Office of the State Medical Examiners within the Department of Health. During 2005-2010, the Child Death Review Team reviewed deaths of 73 young people ages 0-24 who died in Rhode Island by suicide.  More...

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Teenagers and Suicide: What to Look for
Just when they are beginning their lives many teenagers are at a high risk of attempting and committing suicide. Parents often report, once it is too late, that they were unaware of anything wrong with their child. More...


Suicide Warning Signs
Suicide is not a distinct disorder. Rather, it is a symptom of serious mental disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder. Check here for the symptoms related to these disorders to learn more about the complete picture associated with suicide. More...


What happens when a suicidal person asks for help?
The first thing a mental health professional will do when encountering a suicidal person is to conduct an interview to establish the acuteness and lethality of his or her present suicide risk. More...


Suicide Risk Seen With Mental, Physical Conditions in Youths
Youths with chronic physical conditions have a slightly higher risk of self-harm, suicidal thinking and attempted suicide than healthy peers, and a suicide risk assessment training module using standardized patients is more effective in teaching pediatric interns than lecture alone, according to research published online April 12 in Pediatrics. More...





Leigh A. Reposa, LCSW 
Program Manager
300 Centerville Road
Suite 301 South
Warwick, RI 02886

 

 
401-732-8680
 
401-732-3581

lreposa@risas.org

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