Your local library is a wealth of knowledge on mental health
|All pictures in this blog post taken at various libraries within the Borough of Enfield|
It's important, I think. Everyone is allowed to ask for help. You just need to know where and how #mentalhealth @BloomsburyEd https://t.co/ZAWhEG1sxP— Jo Cotterill (@jocotterillbook) 22 April 2017
So what's so great about going to the library, you ask? Surely you can just Google what you need to know? Well, let's look at the process.
Learn your Dewey numbers!
- Local classes or taster sessions to broaden your horizons and change up your routine
- Group therapy sessions and support groups for
- Adverts for charitable organizations with a focus on mental health
- Pro-mental health initiatives both general and specialized
- A list of local events for groups you may fit into (e.g; groups for women, people of colour, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, parents, etc.)
Also look out for what kinds of books are on display. The above is a display about mental health issues for teens and young adults, as part of the Shelf Help Scheme created by the reading agency. At their core, local public libraries are meant to provide a safe environment for expanding one's mind. No matter your race, age, creed, ability, or gender a local library should represent a welcoming centre of knowledge. There are often displays for things like LGBTQ+ history month, Black History month, or even more general topics like mental health or health and wellness.