Mental Illness

Former congressman Patrick Kennedy organized a mental health forum in Chicago. (Credit: Regine Schlesinger/WBBM)

Patrick Kennedy Hosting Mental Health Conference In Chicago

The son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy was in Chicago Thursday for an all-day conference on the topic of how we treat — or in many cases, fail to treat — mental illness.

11/13/2014

Brandon Marshall. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Baffoe: Sorry You’re Not Sorry, Brandon Marshall

Marshall’s press conference missed the mark Thursday, writes Tim Baffoe.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2014

49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith. (Getty Images)

Baffoe: I See Alonzo Spellman In Aldon Smith

Maybe we should be quicker to help troubled 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith than to criticize him.

CBS Chicago–04/15/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Dart Tells Congress ‘We Have Criminalized Mental Illness In This Country’

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has taken his appeal for more help for mentally ill jail inmates to Capitol Hill.

03/26/2014

Does My Health Insurance Cover Mental Illness Care?

Almost all health insurance policies are now required to cover mental illness care under the Affordable Care Act.

03/12/2014

File Photo Of A Handgun (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

State Rifle Association Head Supports Gun Checks For Mental Illness

The head of the Illinois State Rifle Association says Illinois has already complied with one of the elements in President Obama’s package of gun control proposals, and his group supported it.

01/26/2013

Responders gather at the scene of a mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. There are 27 dead, 20 of them children, after Adam Lanza reportedly opened fire in one of the largest school massacres in U.S. history. Lanza is dead at the scene and his mother, a teacher at the school, is also dead. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Lawmaker Urges More Mental Health Funding After Sandy Hook Massacre

An Illinois state lawmaker said Wednesday that talking about gun control isn’t the only conversation we need to have after the shooting massacre at a grade school in Connecticut.

WBBM Newsradio–12/19/2012

Responders gather at the scene of a mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. There are 27 dead, 20 of them children, after Adam Lanza reportedly opened fire in one of the largest school massacres in U.S. history. Lanza is dead at the scene and his mother, a teacher at the school, is also dead. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Advocates Call For New Focus On Mental Health After Newtown Massacre

Supporters of mental health funding have said the mass shooting last week in Newtown, Conn., should prompt a discussion not just of gun control laws, but the need for more attention to mental illness.

CBS Chicago–12/17/2012

Tom Dart

Sheriff Dart: Cook County Jail Forced To Serve As Mental Institution

It seems that the Cook County Jail is unintentionally taking on a new role as a mental health facility.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2012

A homeless person (CBS)

Mentally Ill Homeless Facing Harsher Reality

The city’s homeless population has grown, and agencies facing funding shortfalls can’t keep up with the need for their services.

02/17/2011

Allen Hasselson doesn't want to lose his mental-health benefits. (CBS)

Catch-22: Get A Job, Lose Your Mental Health Treatment

Some people with mental illness are losing their Medicaid eligibility for therapy after they become employed.

02/07/2011