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"A Mother’s Reckoning was written by Sue Klebold. Sue’s son Dylan died by suicide in 1999, and she writes of her pain in his passing. But Sue’s pain is different and more intense than most. This is because before he died by suicide, Dylan and his friend Eric Harris massacred twelve students and one teacher at Columbine High School, injured twenty-four others, and changed our world.
It may be hard to believe that many parents will relate to her story. Like Sue in the days leading up to the horrible tragedy, even when faced with clear indications that a child is beginning to struggle, they have no understanding of how to process that information, no language to use to describe it, and no place to turn for support, and no idea what to do next.
Sue makes no excuses, but she acknowledges that she did not know the warning signs or clues that pointed to Dylan's depression. Even if she had, she would not have seen them in Dylan. Up until the day he died, she believed her son was typical, she knew him well, and her relationship with him was open and honest. Dylan successfully hid his depression from her. He also hid much of his life from her. He hid his plans for the massacre and the toxicity of his relationship with Eric. The consequences of Dylan’s secrecy were tragic for an entire nation.
But every day, there are smaller tragedies that parents face when their children are not mentally healthy. These tragedies are captured not in the headlines, but in the young people who are homeless in our streets, those who languish in our jails, or those whose deaths are noticed only in the slight and steady uptick in the nation’s suicide rate. And then there are those who survive violence like that at Columbine or Newtown — children and adults who for years to come may face a multitude of physical and mental health challenges. Long after the headlines fade and the reporters go home, they still need our help.
In our MHA screening program, one-third of screeners are between the ages of 11 and 17 - because perhaps they don't have access to depression, anxiety, and other screening tools elsewhere. Like all age groups, two-thirds screen as positive for the condition for which they screen. Two-thirds of those tell us they have never been diagnosed or treated for the problem or condition. And a third say they plan to do nothing after getting their results.
The truth is that most depression will not result in death, and most bad relationships will do no lasting harm. But Dylan’s depression did progress to Stage 4, and the harm that resulted takes one’s breath away."
-Written by Paul Gionfiddo CEO of Mental Health America
Dylan isn't the only one who had struggled with depression. According to Mental Health America's research, "Youth mental health is worsening. From 2012 to 2017, the prevalence of past-year Major Depressive Episode (MDE) increased from 8.66 percent to 13.01 percent of youth ages 12-17. Now over two million youth have MDE with severe impairment."
Not only this, but even though more Americans are insured , their coverage is lacking. "The proportion of youth with private insurance that did not cover mental or emotional difficulties nearly doubled, from 4.6 percent in 2012 to 8.1 percent in 2017." If you want to make sure that more cases like Dylan DON'T go unnoticed, donate to this fundraiser.
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AND WHO ARE WE?
WE ARE PLANNR CONSULTING.
We are a passionate group of youths who are working at this not-for-profit organization striving to promote mental health awareness, consult with youth in lifestyle, college admission, and test prep & tutoring, AND create an open, welcoming community to all. We have consulted with clients from all across the world and aim to create connections with our clients. To promote awareness, we have held several media campaigns generating thousands of impressions and have recently launched a blog called Mind Garden . Hundreds of youth follow us on this journey we are taking to better mental health care and stopping the stigma around mental health issues. We have a thriving Discord community and Gratitude Plus Circle where youth share their opinions, and care for each other.
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More information about Mental Health America: Mental Health America is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.
If you donate $25+, you will get free access to all of our resources at Plannr and free consultations for longer than an hour!
Donate $100+. you will get a one-on-one talk with our Founder & Executive Director, all of our free resources and consultations, and after the release of our merch line, one free merch item.
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