Mental Health

Late on April 15, Brandon Hole stepped out of his car at an Indianapolis FedEx facility. Armed with a rifle, he shot and killed four people outside before moving inside to kill four more. Then Hole, 19, turned the gun on himself.

That night wasn’t Hole’s first interaction with police. In March 2020, his mother called the police because she was worried her son would try to commit “suicide by cop.” Hole was placed under immediate detention and taken to a local hospital.

Carbondale Police say officers used their crisis intervention training skills recently to de-escalate a situation involving someone dealing with a mental health crisis.

Committees Look to Address State’s Mental Health Care Needs

Mar 15, 2021

Committees dealing with mental health and addiction met in both the Illinois House and Senate Friday to discuss a new crisis born from the COVID pandemic.

“We're fully into what I consider to be the second pandemic, which is mental health and addiction, and we have so much work to do,” Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, said during a meeting of the House Mental Health and Addiction Committee, which she chairs.