CHICAGO --The 30-minute special report is about the national epidemic of suicide, as told form a personal perspective by Anchor/Reporter Kevin Roy, a survivor of suicide, who lost his mother 13 years ago. It also includes the first and only in-depth interview with Jim and Marie Ryan, who lost their son to suicide. Jim Ryan is the former Illinois Attorney General.
This special was the culmination of a year-long fellowship in mental health journalism that Roy had with the Carter Center in Atlanta. Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter has been a champion of mental health issues for more than 30 years.