Mental health is frequently a major concern for the families of teens and young adults. According to data provided by the CDC, in 2021, more than a third (37%) of high school students reported they experienced poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 44% reported they persistently felt sad or hopeless during the past year. Having open and frank discussions about parenting and personal experiences with mental health challenges can go a long way toward recognizing when our kids need extra help.
The Women’s Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh are hosting an important community conversation about mental health with special guest, Sue Kelbold, the mother of Dylan Klebold – one of the shooters in the Columbine High School massacre of 1999. She will speak about her experience before and after the shooting including what she missed and what she’s doing now as a mental health advocate.
This unique opportunity provides a forum for our community with a starting place for more open communication about the challenges that our teens and young adults are facing.
About the Community Event
Keys To Strong Brain Health: Listening, Relationships & Community Support
A Community Conversation with Special Guest Sue Klebold
- Tuesday, September 20, 2022: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
- Best Western Premier Waterfront Convention Center, 1 N Main St, Oshkosh (Oshkosh Convention Center)
- Tickets: $10.00 per person, $50.00 for a Table of 8
- Purchase tickets and register
Go Valley Kids / Go Oshkosh Kids will have a table at this event. If you would like to sit with us, reach out to Amanda at email@example.com. We will also be interviewing Sue for our upcoming podcast. If you have questions or ideas of things we could include, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Due to the nature of the content presented, this event is recommended for adults age 18 and up.
A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold
Published in 2017, Sue’s book, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy is available in paperback, ebook (Kindle) or audiobook. It’s also available with the Libby app with a library account.
“Filled with hard-won wisdom and compassion, A Mother’s Reckoning is a powerful and haunting book that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues of our time … never has the need for understanding been more urgent.”
All author profits from the book will be donated to research and to charitable organizations focusing on mental health issues.