Donte' Lotts of CU Fresh Start speaks in front of a crowd of people at the Douglass branch library.

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June 30, 2018

As Shootings Rise, Champaign-Urbana Leaders Grapple With Gun Violence

The group gathered at the Douglass branch of the Champaign Public Library for a special meeting of the Champaign Community Coalition. It was an opportunity, said facilitator Tracy Parsons, to brainstorm why shootings are on the rise, and what the community can do to curb the violence.


May 30, 2018

Researchers Seeks Community’s Help In Finding Solutions For Maternal Depression

Up to 20 percent of women experience perinatal depression, which occurs during pregnancy or after giving birth. Karen Tabb, social work professor at the University of Illinois, studies factors that put women at risk of perinatal depression, which is associated with worse outcomes for both mom and baby.



Proponents of HB4341 testify at a hearing held by the Illinois House Mental Health Committee in Springfield on Thursday..

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March 01, 2018

Dave Duerson Act Heads For Debate On IL House Floor

Legislation to ban organized tackle football for children under the age of 12 is headed to consideration before the full Illinois House. The House Mental Health Committee voted 11-9 Thursday to advance the legisation, which is named in memory of the late Chicago Bears football player Dave Duerson.


Illustration of a family sitting at a table

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February 18, 2018

How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things

For the more than 3,000 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday's mass shooting was terrifying and life-changing. But what of the tens of millions of other children, in schools across the country, who have since heard about what happened and now struggle with their own feelings of fear, confusion and uncertainty?


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