In the wake of COVID-19, millions of people have uncovered new mental health conditions and millions more have had their existing challenges exacerbated. While more people than ever before are comfortable discussing mental health, many fall through the cracks in the space between awareness and action.
This is why a coalition of nonprofits, brands, and influential leaders – including Poudre River Public Library District – are coming together to launch the first-ever Mental Health Action Day that will drive our culture from awareness to action.
Action looks different for everyone, and Mental Health Action Day encourages people to do what feels right for them. For instance:
- Reach out to a friend
- Find a therapist
- Start a meditation practice
- Join a peer support group
- Check in with yourself
- Research resources
- Plan your first yoga class
- Join a support program
- Go outside
- Take action to expand access
You can also head to MentalHealthisHealth.us to get started with ways that you can take action for yourself or a friend. There is no-one-size-fits-all action, but rather, this is an open source effort for all who want to use their megaphones to drive our culture of mental health from awareness to action.
Poudre Libraries has various resources and materials to help you find valuable mental health research and information. Our health partner, SummitStone Health Partners, is also a good local resource for mental health support and referrals.
Print and Digital Materials
In addition to a large collection of print books focused on mental health topics, you might also be interested in resources through Kanopy, Films on Demand, OverDrive and Libby, and hoopla. Visit the Library’s Download webpage to access digital content.
Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health by Melanie Siebert (print)
Featuring real-life stories of people who have found hope and meaning in the midst of life’s struggles, this book is the go-to guide for teenagers who want to know about mental health, mental illness, trauma and recovery.
Mental Health Care Issues in America: An Encyclopedia by Michasel Shally Jensen, editor (digital)
This book covers major mental disorders, theories, and treatments; delves into major advances and ongoing controversies in the field; and shares the most current research on the subject in varied disciplines, including ethnic studies, criminal justice, education, and social work. Each entry features a clear definition of the issue along with a brief review of its history.
Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Vivek H. Murthy, MD (print and digital)
In his groundbreaking book, the 19th surgeon general of the United States Dr. Murthy makes a case for loneliness as a public health concern: a root cause and contributor to many of the epidemics sweeping the world today from alcohol and drug addiction to violence to depression and anxiety. Loneliness, he argues, is affecting not only our health, but also how our children experience school, how we perform in the workplace, and the sense of division and polarization in our society
Your Brain Needs a Hug by Rae Earl (print)
Imbued with a sense of humor, understanding, and hope, Your Brain Needs a Hug is a judgment-free guide for living well with your mind. Offers advice and coping strategies on such topics as mental health, social media, family, friendship, and getting through difficult days.
Zentangle Art Therapy by Anya Lathrop (print)
If you’re someone who likes to doodle on napkins and scrap paper, then you’re going to thoroughly enjoy the art of Zentangling. This funny, little word is actually an international phenomenon used to reduce stress, increase wellbeing, and enhance relaxation. And while the Zentangle movement is relatively new, its applications are steeped in history and culture as evidenced in its symbols, designs, and patterns. Also “Zentangle: The Inspiring and Mindful Drawing Method” by Jane Marbaix (digital)
eMagazines and Print Magazines
Flipster is the Library’s popular eMagazine service and include titles such as Yoga Journal, Mindful, Prevention, and more. Print magazines can also be found at the libraries.
Databases and eResources
The Library provides health and medicine-focused research databases and journal articles including Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus Español, Consumer Health Complete, and others.
Remember: our emotional health can range from thriving to struggling. No matter what you’re experiencing, there are ways to take action to support yourself and those around you. What will you do to take action for yourself or others on #MentalHealthAction Day?