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Donnelly wants military suicide prevention plan OK'd

Donnelly wants military suicide prevention plan OK'd

INDIANAPOLIS | U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., expressed frustration Wednesday his legislation aimed at preventing military suicides likely won't get a final vote until after Election Day.

September 17, 2014 3:30 pm Video
Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

Tina Kottka, far right, facilitates a support group for teenagers who have lost a loved one to suicide. Kottka leads the group with co-facilitator Dan Cuthbert, left, at St. James the Less Catholic Church in Highland.

September 02, 2014 5:48 pm
Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

Tina Kottka keeps her son's ashes in a box that pays tribute to his love of fishing.

September 02, 2014 5:47 pm
Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

Tina Kottka, who lost her son Steven Siokos to suicide on March 7, 2010, shows her tattoo with all her children's names, including Steven with a halo.

September 02, 2014 5:47 pm
Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

A bench is marked in memory of Steven Siokos at Central Park in Griffith.

September 02, 2014 5:47 pm
Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

Tina Kottka holds a picture of her son Steven Siokos, who committed suicide on March 7, 2010. Kottka now facilitates a support group for teenagers who have lost a loved one to suicide.

September 02, 2014 5:47 pm
Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

Tina Kottka, who lost her son Steven Siokos to suicide on March 7, 2010, sits on a bench purchased in memory of her son at Central Park in Griffith. Kottka now facilitates a support group for teenagers who have lost a loved one to suicide.

September 02, 2014 5:47 pm
Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

Tina Kottka lost her son Steven Siokos to suicide on March 7, 2010. Kottka now facilitates a support group for teenagers who have lost a loved one to suicide.

September 02, 2014 5:41 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Robin Williams' life should continue to inspire us

GUEST COMMENTARY: Robin Williams' life should continue to inspire us

Robin Williams’ tragic and untimely death after a decades-long battle against bipolar disorder reminds us mental illnesses are all too often serious and life-threatening chronic diseases.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
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Griffith Police respond to the scene of a death investigation on the railroad tracks that cross East 45th Avenue east of North Indiana Street in Griffith.

July 28, 2014 8:24 pm
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Firefighters clean the scene of a death investigation on the railroad tracks that cross East 45th Avenue east of North Indiana Street in Griffith.

July 28, 2014 8:24 pm
Drop in military suicides doesn't deter prevention efforts

Drop in military suicides doesn't deter prevention efforts

INDIANAPOLIS | U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., remains committed to expanding suicide-prevention screening to all military service members, even as the number of soldier suicides dropped by 8 percent last year.

July 23, 2014 6:00 pm Related

Police: Suicide victim located under bridge near Munster park

MUNSTER | A Munster man apparently committed suicide Tuesday under a bridge where Fran-Lin Parkway crosses over Hart Ditch, police said.

June 24, 2014 10:00 pm

Chicago man died after jump into Thornton Quarry

THORNTON | A Chicago man jumped to his death Tuesday afternoon after driving through a locked gate at the Thornton Quarry, police said.

June 03, 2014 8:00 pm
YOUNG VOICES: Stand by soldiers’ side at home, on battlefield

YOUNG VOICES: Stand by soldiers’ side at home, on battlefield

For every joyful image of a soldier embracing their family after a long deployment, we must not forget the flag-covered caskets returning home. On Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice miles away from their homes.

May 26, 2014 12:00 am
Donnelly's military suicide screening plan advances

Donnelly's military suicide screening plan advances

INDIANAPOLIS | A proposal sponsored by U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., to improve suicide prevention screening for U.S. service members and National Guard troops cleared a key committee Thursday.

May 22, 2014 6:30 pm
EDITORIAL: Provide suicide risk screening for troops

EDITORIAL: Provide suicide risk screening for troops

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly's first bill in the Senate was the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2013. He has reintroduced the legislation this month. It's a good bill that shows compassion and support for the troops.

May 15, 2014 12:00 am Video Related

SC inmate from Hobart accused in jail suicide

CHARLESTON, S.C. | State police say an inmate from Hobart at the Charleston County jail helped a fellow inmate commit suicide by choking him.

May 08, 2014 2:35 pm

How do you think survivors feel about comments?

First, my condolences to the families and friends of the men from Lake Central who decided to take their own lives. No one knows why people decide to do that — despair, unbearable pain?

April 28, 2014 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Mental illness a major challenge for youths

Terre Haute native Tommy John posted 288 victories as a Major League Baseball pitcher, but one opponent was too strong to overcome — his son's mental illness. Mental illness remains a prevalent challenge for Indiana youths.

April 18, 2014 12:00 am
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