Suicide rate rising among RI adolescents

PROVIDENCE, RI – Nearly 80 Rhode Island young people took their own lives over the course of the last five years. That's one of the findings of the Ocean State's first report on youth suicide. Beatriz Perez with the Department of Health says the suicide rate of older teenagers and young adults has held stable over the past few years, but there's been a jump in deaths among younger children.

"To see 11 and 12 years olds die of suicide, as a team is disturbing to us," Perez says.

Perez says the best way to prevent youth suicide is to identify young people that struggle with mental illness and get them psychological help before it's too late.

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