Mental Health and Gun Violence
WILL-AM's Focus will look at the intersection of mental health and gun violence and what area mental health providers and policy makers are doing to protect our students and communities.
Mary Kay Mace, whose only daughter was killed in the shooting on campus at Northern Illinois University five years ago, will join host Craig Cohen. She’ll tell us about the tragedy and what she's seen change and remain unchanged since it happened.
We’ll also talk with Dorothy Espelage, U of I professor of educational psychology, who studies adolescent aggressive behavior, about what resources are available to young adults and what protocols are in place in case of an emergency on campus. We’ll also talk with her about campus “Behavioral Intervention Teams” that monitors students who exhibit warning sign behaviors.
- Thom Pollock, executive director of Crosspoint Human Services in Danville, will also be here to talk about the unmet need for mental health services in Champaign county and the surrounding area.
In response to the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., PBS and WILL-TV will broadcast a series of special programs the week of February 18-22. These thoughtful and thought-provoking documentaries, magazine and news pieces are meant to add context, depth and nuance to the national conversation about gun violence in America.