May is Mental Health Awareness Month


May is Mental Health Awareness Month! This year’s the theme is Pathways to Wellness: Leading Full and Productive Lives which is a call to action for Americans to identify strategies that work for themselves individually to attain better overall health status.

Wellness is more than an absence of disease. It involves complete general, mental and social well-being. And mental health is an essential component of overall health and well-being. The fact is our overall well-being is tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health.

But there are steps that maintain well-being and help everyone achieve wellness. These involve a balanced diet, regular exercise, enough sleep, a sense of self-worth, development of coping skills that promote resiliency, emotional awareness, and connections to family, friends and the community.

Just as we check our blood pressure and get cancer screenings, it’s a good idea to take periodic stock of our emotional well-being. One recent study said everyone should get their mental health checked as often as they get a physical, and many doctors routinely screen for mental health, which typically include a series of questions about lifestyle, eating and drinking habits and mental wellness. But a checkup doesn’t necessarily require a special trip to the doctor. There are also online screening tools you can use. While conditions like depression are common (roughly 1 in 5 Americans have a mental health condition) they are extremely treatable.

May is Mental Health Month was started 64 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of mental wellness for everyone. (Source:

Come see our Mental Health Awareness display in the library foyer!


Mental Health Resources

American Psychiatric Association

National Institute on Mental Health

Mental Health America

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Mental Health Resources for Children

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Children’s Bureau of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Child Care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Head Start

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Selected resources from the catalog:

Recovery and wellness lifestyle : a self-help guide / prepared by Mary Ellen Copeland [online document]

How to deal with stress / Stephen Palmer, Cary Cooper [eBook]

A mindfulness-based stress reduction workbook / Bob Stahl, Elisha Goldstein [eBook]

Staying sane in the fast lane : emotional health in the 21st century / Antony Kidman [eBook]

Maintaining mental health / Video Education Australasia [online video]

Dealing with anxiety and related disorders : understanding, coping, and prevention / Rudy Nydegger

iDisorder : understanding our obsession with technology and overcoming its hold on us / Larry D. Rosen, with Nancy A. Cheever, L. Mark Carrier

Depression / Danuta Wasserman

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