In continuing with our Mental Health Month themed blog posts, I’d like to thank the Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA), for sharing their Mental Health Issues page. From this page, I discovered the Mental Health Toolkit created by the Mental Health America organization. Mental Health America (MHA) was founded in 1909, and they are the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.
Upon downloading the toolkit, you can access resources with sample outreach ideas, for example asking your governor, mayor, or other local official to declare May as Mental Health Month using a sample proclamation. Also included in the toolkit are a calendar of small activities or tips, and re-usable fact sheets with topics such as animal companionship or humor. I like these resources because in addition to focusing on the subject in May, conversations centered on mental health can and should happen at any time of the year.
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