John W. Fountain, III is a licensed social worker with a graduate degree from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work and an undergraduate degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago. With the ability to investigate the implications of policy on human behavior, Fountain’s writings explore poverty, mental illness and the long lasting effects of trauma and race. Fountain received the prestigious Peter Lisagor Award in 2012 and also honored for best column by the Illinois Press Association in the same year. Fountain has experience in an inpatient psychiatric institution, psychiatric units of hospitals and served as a Dementia Unit Coordinator at a nursing home. It is Fountain’s belief that policy reform is the root solution of current social issues.
Columnist John W. Fountain III urges us not to forget about Kalief Browder, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The conviction on Friday of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in the shooting death of teen Laquan McDonald is no cause for celebration, Fountain writes.
As headlines about migrant children being separated from their families at the border continue to dominate the news, one truth remains evident: We are still numb to the plight of black lives, writes commentator John W. Fountain III.
The deaths this past week of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain underscore the challenge each of us face in preventing suicide. A report just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 54 percent of Americans who died by suicide in 2016 had no known mental health illness.