Why the unhappy rankings for Rhode Island?
Our musings about why Rhode Islanders are depressed, or why national polls seems to make us look that way, eventually transformed into a topic for our latest Policy and Pinot at the Providence Athenaeum. Here’s the description for the forum this Tuesday night-
Rhode Island ranks number one in a range of unhappy categories- we have the highest rate of serious mental illness, illicit drug use, and suicide attempts. Does living in the smallest state in the union make us especially depressed or self destructive? Is it just a matter of sample error? Or are we better at asking for help? That’s the focus of March’s Policy and Pinot, featuring experts from Rhode Island’s mental health and substance abuse community.
These questions must be pretty appealing to our listeners, because we’ve already filled every seat for the forum. But if you haven’t sent in an RSVP, there’s still one way you can participate- feed me some good questions!
Here are our panelists-
- Reed Cosper– Rhode Island’s Mental Health Advocate.
- Jim Gillen– Associate Director of The Providence Center’s Recovery Services Division and the Anchor Recovery Center.
- Dr. Robert Swift– Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and Associate Chief of Staff for Research, Providence VA Medical Center.
What questions would you ask them?