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May is Mental Health Awareness Month


Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 as a way to advocate for the millions of Americans living with mental health conditions. Every May and beyond, organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) work to educate the public, extend support, and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. With one in five adults experiencing mental illness each year [NAMI], HCPL recognizes the importance mental health plays in our overall wellness. Read on to learn more about library resources that can help you find the information you need.

While the library can provide helpful resources and information, if you or a loved one need support or treatment or are experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out to the experts at Henrico Mental Health and Developmental Services.


Visit the library’s databases to browse information on a variety of mental wellness topics:

    • Gale’s Health & Wellness database provides access to carefully compiled medical references and periodical materials that users can trust.
    • Through MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in everyday accessible language. Users can browse medical research, learn about different treatments, look up medical terms, view videos and illustrations, and find out about clinical trials.
    • Teen Health & Wellness provides teens and their adults with research support and self-help on various wellness issues. Student-friendly articles make complex topics understandable, and teens can submit their own questions and content for a personalized experience.

In addition to these, the library provides resources for the older loved ones in your life who may be experiencing memory disorders. View our available Caregiver kits to help spark memories, conversation, and connection between you and a family member or friend experiencing Alzheimer’s or dementia.


Explore our collection to find titles about mental health for kids, teens, and adults:

EASY (Picture Books)



Be sure to also check out our latest Overdrive collection for teens, You Are Not Alone: Mental Health in Teen Literature.


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