Acknowledgments for 'Redemption' project
A project like this does not reach fruition without the contributions of many. Thanks first to the people in “Redemption” who beginning in September shared their stories, observations and wisdom: Mark, Khayla and Jhamal Gonsalves; Ashley Brophy, Jeff Nichols and Dave Poland; Anthony Thigpen; James Monteiro; Denise Panichas; and Eileen Hayes.
Thanks to those who provided help with records, statistics and more: Jane Bruno, David Levesque and Carrie Bridges Feliz at Lifespan; Joseph Wendelken, Rhode Island Department of Health; Laura Meade Kirk, Rhode Island State Police; Lt. Kevin Moreira, Newport Police Department; Capt. Steven LaCroix, Capt. Paul Faerber and Chief Brian T. Dugan Sr., Newport Fire Department; Buddy Croft, Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority; Lt. Angela M. Deneault and Chief Edward Mello, Jamestown Police Department; Chief Patrick Flanagan, North Kingstown Police Department; Chief Jusue Canario and Lt. Steve St. Pierre, Bristol Police Department; Det. Lt. Michael C. Arnold and Administration/Records Clerk Tracy J. LePage, Portsmouth Police Department; Chief Patrick W. Jones, Tiverton Police Department; and J.R. Ventura, Rhode Island Department of Corrections.
At The Journal: Executive Editor Alan Rosenberg, Managing Editor Michael McDermott, Managing Editor for Visuals and Graphics Michael Delaney, Sunday Editor Kathy Hill, Digital Editor Whitman Littlefield, photographers Kris Craig and Bob Breidenbach, and Tom Murphy, artist, illustrator and videographer. Staff writer Tom Mooney read an early draft and offered a valuable edit. Staff writer Alex Kuffner helped with tide and weather charts. Developer Tyson Bird helped with site desgin and coding. Ariana Torrey, deputy design editor at GateHouse Media helped design the print layout. Maria Caporizzo also assisted before she left The Journal late last year.
Staff writer G. Wayne Miller has covered mental health for The Journal since the 1980s and has been honored many times for his coverage. He is a visiting fellow at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center, where he co-hosts and co-produces the national “Story in the Public Square” PBS TV and SiriusXM Radio program. Visit him at gwaynemiller.com
Other recent Miller stories concerning suicide:
— “11 years after a teen’s suicide, Rainbow Fund expands mental-health help,” May 10, 2017.
— “'13 Reasons’ sparks teen suicide discussion,” May 14, 2017.
— “Jeremiah Rainville’s ascent: From extreme trauma to national honor,” with video, June 28, 2017.
— “At URI, first aid for the mind," with video, Sept. 29, 2017.
— “State-run Slater Hospital faulted for suicide risks to patients,” Sept. 29, 2017.
— “‘This truly saved my life’ — expectant mother seeks help, averts depression,” with video, Oct. 22, 2017.
— “R.I.’s Butler Hospital sets ‘Zero Suicide’ goal for patients,” with podcast, May 15, 2018.
— “Heartfelt stories counter stigma of mental illness at R.I. event,” with video, May 17, 2018.
— “After alarming increase, R.I. suicide rate has leveled off in recent years,” June 8, 2018.
— “$2M grant to establish Zero Suicide initiative in Southern R.I.,” with video, Sept. 10, 2018.
— “Bradley doctor at forefront of helping transgender youth,” with podcast, Nov. 4, 2018.
Other Journal stories on suicide:
— “Left behind by suicide — There’s a Safe Place to Talk,” by Laura Meade Kirk, Aug. 26, 2001, and updated on Aug. 11, 2017.
— “After suicide, questions: A RI bishop and police chief will share their stories of loss,” by Tom Mooney, March 29, 2008, and updated on Aug. 16, 2017.