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The Community Triage Center in Roseland, which opened Nov. 1, is meant to prevent people with mental health issues ending up in the jail, according to Kenya Key, chief of psychology at Cermak Health Services.

Cook County expands mental health services

November 28, 2016

A new community behavioral health center in the Roseland neighborhood is Cook County’s latest plan to reduce the increasing number of inmates incarcerated at Cook County Jail with mental health issue...

Chicago should take the wheel on driverless cars

September 26, 2016

In a trope as old as time, technology is progressing faster than people are ready for it. Driverless cars are now a real possibility, being tested in markets as close as Pittsburgh by Uber as a possible replacement for its current driver-based service. Chicago aldermen Edward Burke (14) and Anthony Beale (9), whom The Chicago Sun-Times proclaim to be some of the “most powerful” in the city according to its Sept. 14 a...

Chicago’s $1 million grant for first-responder training may not be enough

Chicago’s $1 million grant for first-responder training may not be enough

September 23, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $1 million grant to Chicago to improve how first responders treat the mentally ill, according to a Sept. 14 press release from Mayor Rahm Emanue...

The Award-winning musical and rock opera 'Next to Normal' provides people who are affected by bipolar disorder a chance to be represented as accurately as possible in a creative work. 

Mental illness stands tall in ‘Next to Normal’ musical

September 6, 2016

“Next to Normal”—a Pulitzer Prize-winning musical following the struggles of a suburban mother living with bipolar disorder—brings mental illness representation to the Boho Theatre’s final produ...

Laura Collins finds artistic inspiration in celebrity culture

Chicago-based artist Laura Collins’ paintings depicting Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will be featured in “The Olsen Twins Hiding From The Paparazzi” at the Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum in New York City from April 22–May 1. 

By Arts & Culture Editor

April 18, 2016

The time is 4:15 p.m. Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen are a bit scatterbrained as they answer the phone for an interview.Why? Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have posted their first-ever public selfie.“We’re freaking out ri...

Experimental suicide prevention workshop guided by Susan Imus | The Columbia Chronicle

April 4, 2016

In memory of a young woman who took her own life, the Shannon Hardy Making Connections program seeks to educate schools and universities about suicide warning signs and body-mind awareness. Susan Imus,...

Mental Health Movement activists demanded Mayor Emanuel reopen six shuttered mental health clinics at a Feb. 23 City Hall demonstration.

Mental health advocates demand restoration of city clinics

February 29, 2016

Activists with the Mental Health Movement coalition held a demonstration outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office the morning of Feb. 23 demanding the reopening of the city’s six shuttered mental health clini...


Transformative Tattoos—using body art to heal mental and physical scars

February 15, 2016

Each piece of body art has a backstory. It may have been the result of a desire to get a matching tattoo with a childhood friend or the product of an impulsive decision.Increasingly, women are using ta...

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Metra on track to make major changes

February 1, 2016

Dramatic new safety technology, along with better, more comfortable seats with cupholders and armrests are on the horizon for Columbia students who commute to school aboard Metra trains. But there’s a ...

Self-destruction is not artistic

By Copy Chief

February 1, 2016

"Do you tear yourself apart to entertain like me?” is a line from the song “Gasoline,” by Halsey, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter idolized by many Columbia students and young artists throughout the country. The notion that artists must put their work ahead of their own well-being to be successful is not new. As early as elementary school, children hear stories about Vincent van Gogh, who cut off his own ear while m...

Tremeka North, a freshman creative writing major, performed her spoken word piece, “Incandescent Flower” at RL Cafe on Jan. 21 at the Residence Center, 731 S. Plymouth Court.

Residence Life celebrates Welcome Week with RL Cafe

January 25, 2016

Students gathered for hot drinks, doughnuts and daring performances in the lobby of the Residence Center, 731 S. Plymouth Court, Jan. 21 for RL Cafe, an annual event in honor of Weeks of Welcome.Jessica...

Mental health reform bill creates accountability

By Editorial Board

December 14, 2015

fter mass shootings, political commentators are quick to point fingers at the possible causes of violence. Some blame graphic video games and lax gun laws. Others say America’s mental health system is responsible for letting those who need help most slip through the cracks. However, a new bipartisan bill seeks to reform the mental health system to prevent those with mental illness from turning violent or suicidal. The Helpin...

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