In my Psychology class we were recently asked to read a book relating to mental health. I chose to read A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold. This entire book is both horrifying and sorrowful. It is a unique story told from Sue's point of view.
Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the shooters in the Columbine High School tragedy. In the book she gives a detailed profile of Dylan from a mother's point of view. She also talks about her experiences after the tragedy.
For me, the book really shined a light on how someone can be suffering from mental health issues and hide it so well that even their own mother doesn't realize anything is abnormal until it is too late.
Near the end of the book, Klebold argues that if there was more awareness of depression and suicide then perhaps the Columbine tragedy could've been prevented. She ends with a plea to society to be more aware of the seriousness of suicide and mental health as a whole.
A Mother's Reckoning was an eye-opening read. It has definitely allowed me to gain a uniquely personal insight into the people, motives, and circumstances behind mass shootings and other acts of terror. This is a book I would recommend for anyone to read. It's incredibly insightful.