Mental Health Awareness Week

Northern Kentucky University announces its inaugural Mental Health Week from October 7-11 to bring awareness to mental health issues and reduce the sigma around asking for help. The events engage NKU’s Health, Counseling and Student Wellness; LGBTQ Programs and Services; Disabilities Programs and Services; and Norse Violence Prevention Center to offer discussions on a range of mental health topics.

The featured speaker of the week is Sue Klebold, who will share her “Reaching for Hope: Missing the Signs of a Columbine Shooter” story with the campus and community. Klebold wrote a memoir about her life with her son leading up to the tragedy, in the hope that others don’t miss the signs that someone is in distress. She will also walk through her mental health journey processing grief and guilt over her son’s actions. 

Other discussions focus on creating healthy relationships, building empathy and suicide prevention tips.

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Sue Klebold


Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019
6 p.m. | Student Union Ballroom

Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two gunmen responsible for the Columbine High School shootings.Her search for understanding spanned more than 15 years. As a result of her exploration, Sue emerged a passionate advocate dedicated to the advancement of mental health awareness and intervention.

This event is free and open to the public. 

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Monday, October 7

The Journey to Healthy Relationships
Speaker: Amy Clark, LPCC-S, Director of Student Counseling Services

12-1:30pm in SU 109
Presented by Health, Counseling, and Student Wellness

Tuesday, October 8 

Open QPR: Suicide Prevention Program
Speaker: Christy Wolfram, LMFT, LPAT

1-2:30pm in SU 109
Space is limited RSVP to
Presented by Health, Counseling, and Student Wellness

Wednesday, October 9

Reaching for Hope: Missing the Signs of a Columbine Shooter
Speaker: Sue Klebold

6pm in the Student Union Ballroom
Presented by Disabilities Programs and Services

Thursday, October 10

Building Empathy: Tips for Supporting a Friend
2pm in the UC Ballroom
Presented by LGBTQ Programs and Services, Disabilities Programs and Services, and Norse Violence Prevention Center

Northern Kentucky University is committed to inclusion, equity and the accessibility of campus events. To request accommodations for a university-sponsored event (i.e., assistive listening devices, sign language interpreters, captioning, materials in alternative formats, etc.), please contact the Office of Disability Programs and Services at (859) 572-5282 at least three business days prior to the event to ensure the smooth delivery of services.