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May 2017 - What's Happening @ LWLC: Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month

May has been the designated Mental Health Awareness month since 1949. Every year, the "theme" for the month changes. For 2017, the theme is  "Risky Business" and the primary goals are to build public recognition about how important mental health is to the overall health and wellness of the human body.


Some topics that will be specifically focused on include relaxation techniques, the importance of a healthy diet to mental health, exercise, alcohol abuse, and how to find help and support if you or your loved one may be showing signs of a mental illness.


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Useful Links related to Mental Health

Some important dates include:
May 7-13 - National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week (information is from 2015 but it is still relevant to 2017).
The following Fact Sheets from 2013 (Mental Health America) are downloadable (but they all come as a set): 
  • What is Wellness?
  • Four Simple Steps
  • Understanding the Social Determinants of Health
  • Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

Websites with more information:

31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health - Short statements and relevant illustrations for each tip.

2017 National Mental Health Observances - Each month has its own theme. May is Mental Health Month

National Alliance on Mental Illness - This site contains overviews of several forms of mental illnesses, treatment options, and avenues of support. There is a page for useful infographics and fact sheets.

NoStigmas Project - Documenting via stories, creative works, and advocacy related to mental illness and suicide.

Presidential Proclamation - While this proclamation is from 2014, the information contained within is relevant for 2016.

Additional links can be found on the Stress Awareness Month page from the April 2017 What's Happening @ LWLC

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Books & E-books

Some books and e-books in our collection related to stress include (selections: KW, NF) :

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