May is National Mental Health Month. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, 20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition and one in every five adults in America experience a mental illness. Mental health affects everyone regardless of socioeconomic status, culture, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation; yet fewer than 60% of adults and 50% of youth receive mental health services. This lack of treatment is a culmination of lack of information, availability of treatment options, and the social stigma associated with mental illness.
The library is a proud partner of the Lyons Mental Health Initiative (LMHI), who will be hosting a Community Conversation on Mental Health led by Janaki Jane starting at 6:30pm on Tuesday May, 28th at the Lyons Community Church. This May , let’s continue the discussion in our community about mental health, let’s continue to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness with increased education. Now is the perfect time to learn more about mental health, reach out to help others who may be suffering, and find resources for treatment in our community.
Take time to educate yourself on mental illness with these books available at the Library.
● No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America by Ron Powers (2017)
● How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelic Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan (2018)
● First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety by Sarah Wilson (2018)
● Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness by Stephen P. Hinshaw (2017)
● My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A Memoir by Mark Lukach (2017)
We can all make wellness a priority in our lives with the resources of our community and the Library at your fingertips. If you would like more resources on mental wellness please check out the Mental Health Resources Guide available at www.lyons.colibraries.org/mentalhealth; if you are having a mental health emergency call 1-844-493-8255.
You can stop by the Library Mondays-Saturdays at 405 Main Street, call us at (303)823-5165, like our page on Facebook, or visit us online anytime.
By Rebecca Schuh