While this talk is extremely difficult to watch, as a parent and a mental health clinician, I feel it is one of the most profoundly moving and impactful explanations on suicide and mental health I’ve ever seen. Sue Klebold, the mother of Dylan Klebold, who was one of the two shooters at Columbine, bravely and beautifully articulates the truth about serious mental health. She explains that love is not enough when your child is impaired with a mental illness. Action and trying relentlessly to get help for your child is required. Sue states that “Their sense of truth is distorted by a filter of pain through which they interpret their reality.”
More vital than grades, sports, or activities, your child’s mental health is paramount to their care. It begins with teaching and practicing with them, self-care strategies and coping skills for handling life’s infinite social and emotional challenges.
If you or someone you love is struggling with their mental health, and you don’t know what to do, or what steps to take, call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email@example.com, which is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
You may also email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will make every effort to connect you with appropriate services/recommendations in your area.