May is Mental Health Awareness Month 

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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year. With the COVID-19 pandemic looming over our lives this past year, people have become more isolated and mental health issues are more important to talk about than ever.  The good news is that there are free resources available if you or someone you know is having trouble.  

You can check out these two book lists, which also include online resources from local and national organizations dedicated to helping people with mental health: 

Mental Health & Wellness

List created by CCCL_RobynB

Check out these non-fiction and fiction books to find personal and empathetic stories about mental health. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please check out the online resources to find help.




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You Are Not Alone

List created by CCCL_RobynB

Mental Health Month books For Teens. Check out these YA books that shine a light on mental health stories. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, take a look at the websites listed below.




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The library is hosting a virtual program with the Contra Costa Crisis Center on Friday, May 14th, called “Grief, Stress, and Loss During the Pandemic.” There will be a presentation and live discussion. Be sure to register on the event page. You can also view a recording of the same event from April on our YouTube page.   

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has some great resources for culturally-specific mental health care that is inclusive of all members of our community. Check them out here. 

Remember, you are not alone! 

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