Suicide

This week, we're talking with Michael Ragan, about the "22VA Verterasns Art Exhibit." The exhibit features works of art by veterans; it's intended to give vets an opportunity to feature their work, and to raise awareness of the issue of veteran suicides. The show also includes works from veterans' family members, to show that families are affected, as well.

Ragan talks about the origins of the exhibit, and about the value that creative expression has for veterans, and his own attempt to "find beuaty in something dark."

Jurors in a lawsuit against the city of Chicago have concluded that a police officer shot his friend in the head after a night of heavy drinking in 2010 and awarded the victim $44.7 million.  

Prosecutors in northern Illinois are asking a judge to reconsider a key ruling regarding the upcoming trial of the wife of a former Fox Lake Police lieutenant who killed himself.

Prosecutors in northern Illinois are contacting attorneys whose clients pleaded guilty or were convicted in cases involving a police officer who authorities say killed himself after years of embezzling from a police-sponsored youth program.

Fellow officers had complained about the conduct of a northern Illinois policeman years before his suicide led to revelations that he'd been stealing money from a department-sponsored youth program.

Doctors-in-training face long, stressful hours, sleepless nights and a high risk of depression and suicidal thoughts. A study suggests online self-help behavior therapy could help.

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Legislation that would allow mental health information of college students to be shared with parents is being considered by the Illinois Senate.The bill stipulates colleges would only share information with a student's permission and if students were found to be a danger to themselves or others. It passed out of a Senate committee Tuesday and heads to the full chamber. Democratic state Sen. Dave Koehler of Peoria says the bill was inspired by a Bartonville family who lost their college-aged son to suicide last year.