Public Libraries and Healthy Communities May 2022

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Poster that read"Your mental health matters. Get tips and resources from NIMH to take care of your mental health"

The National Institute of Mental Health has a webpage full of graphics and packaged Tweets that can be used to help raise awareness of mental health issues. 

Some additional resources for library staff and patrons.

Mental Health from MedlinePlus Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life.

How to Improve Mental Health from MedlinePlus: provides health information and tips for improving your mental health.

Depression from MedlinePlus  Depression is more than just a feeling of being sad or “blue” for a few days. If you are one of the more than 19 million teens and adults in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away.

Anxiety from MedlinePlus  Anxiety is a feeling of fear, dread, and uneasiness. It might cause you to sweat, feel restless and tense, and have a rapid heartbeat. It can be a normal reaction to stress. For example, you might feel anxious when faced with a difficult problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision.

SAMHSA (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families.

Caring for your Mental Health – National Institute on Mental Health Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, act, make choices, and relate to others. Mental health is more than the absence of a mental illness—it’s essential to your overall health and quality of life. Self-care can play a role in maintaining your mental health and help support your treatment and recovery if you have a mental illness.

NIH Emotional Wellness Toolkit: This NIH toolkit provides six strategies for improving your emotional health. 

NIH Social Wellness Toolkit: This NIH toolkit provides six strategies for improving your social health.

CDC COVID-19: Care for Yourself: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information on caring for yourself, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CDC COVID-19: Coping With Stress: CDC provides information on how to cope with stress, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) Heritage Month

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) Heritage Month, a celebration of AA and NHPI individuals and communities. For centuries, AA and NHPIs have shaped and strengthened the fabric of this nation. Yet many AA and NHPI communities continue to face barriers to prosperity and safety, including xenophobic violence, as well as the disproportionate health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find resources and more information. 

Public Libraries and Health News

Burlington library offers sensory-friendly events The initiative is based on four specific dimensions — physical space, programming and sensory activity, circulation of materials, and staff training. Read more


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Webinars, Classes, and Other Events


Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Navajo Nation and a story of Diné resilience

May 11, 10:00 AM CDT

Racial microaggressions: Their effects on mental and physical health

May 12, 12:00 PM CDT

Graphic Medicine Virtual Social

May 25, 1:00 PM CDT

Trauma in the Library: Findings To-date about PTSD among Public Library Staff and Methods for Ensuring Trauma-Informed Care

May 27, 11:00 AM CDT

The Role of Indoor Environmental Hazards on the Health of Children

June 8, 10:00 AM CDT

Health Statistics on the Web

June 16, 1:00 PM CDT

Lessons learned: Engaging teens in evaluating online health information

June 21, 1:00 PM CDT


Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information May 23, 2022 - June 17, 2022

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Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices

MedlinePlus Tutorial for Librarians and Health Educators

Prescription and Over the Counter Drugs: Supporting Patients with Evidence-Based Information

Recorded webinars with Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) credit

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