State law addresses suicide prevention.
216-RICR-20-10-4.7 Mandated Health Instructional Outcomes
a. Suicide Prevention: the causes, effects, and treatment of behaviors related to suicide, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-22-14.
Rhode Island DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INSTRUCTIONAL OUTCOMES
This document outlines health education Standard and outcomes with regard to suicide prevention
State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-22-14. Suicide prevention awareness.
(a) The department of elementary and secondary education shall develop and prescribe a suicide prevention awareness program for public school students in grades nine (9) through twelve (12). The school committees of the several cities, towns, and school districts shall provide for the incorporation of the program in existing health education courses.
State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-22-4. Instruction in health and physical education.
(b) The department of elementary and secondary education shall incorporate, in consultation with the state department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals, substance abuse prevention and suicide prevention into the health education curriculum. For the purpose of this section, "substance abuse prevention" means the implementation of evidence-based, age-appropriate programs, practices, or curricula related to the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; "suicide prevention" means the implementation of evidence-based, appropriate programs, practices, or curricula related to mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Further, "substance abuse prevention" and suicide prevention programs shall specifically include information provided to students that mixing opioids and alcohol can cause accidental death.