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Posted on: May 2, 2023

Library and Community Resources for Mental Health Month

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Mental Health Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in our lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Mental health is essential for an individual's overall health, and the library has resources to help: 

Book Lists

  • This book list for adults includes titles about reframing our own stories, emotional agility, stress, and rest.
  • These books for teens address different mental health challenges and concerns.

Digital Magazines

Through the Libby app, you can access a wide variety of digital magazines, available for checkout immediately. Popular titles include: 

  • Yoga Journal offers "expert information on how to live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life both on and off the mat."
  • Planet Mindful includes "wonderful, friendly advice on how to slow things down, strengthen your relationships and treasure your mental health and wellbeing."
  • WellBeing is the "world’s leading journal of natural health and living."
  • Real Simple: Understanding Mental Health is a special edition that "explores how to acknowledge mental challenges and cultivate a brighter outlook."

Health Databases

The library has subscriptions to a range of consumer and research databases to find accurate, reliable information about health-related topics like mainstream, complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. These resources can connect you to popular magazines and academic journals on health trends, topics, and research to make more informed health decisions for yourself and your family.

Here are two databases with helpful resources for Mental Health Month: 

  • Consumer Health Complete is an online database that offers information on many health-related topics from mainstream medicine to many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine. It provides access to reputable resources meant for patients and their families. 
  • Health Reference Center Academic is a full-text, online database that covers a wide range of nursing and other health topics including fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, prescription drugs and more. This database is more technical in scope in comparison to consumer health resources.

The WellSpring Project

If you're looking to learn more, The WellSpring Project helps people who live in Washington County, Minnesota be more healthy and resilient at every stage of life. Visit their website to find resources tailored to individuals of all ages.

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