It’s Bell Let’s Talk Day, a day to focus on reducing stigma around mental illness, raise awareness of mental wellness, and raise funds for mental health initiatives.
As a public library, we strive to be one part of community-based mental wellness initiatives by providing resources and programs about mental health, creating partnerships with local agencies, and by providing warm, light-filled, non-judgmental spaces where everyone is welcome.
Just visiting your public library can be one part of your mental wellness strategy. Research shows that reading can boost mental health in many ways. Attending a program can help reduce isolation, and listening to live music can make us happier and healthier.
In addition, all Kitchener Public Library locations have light therapy lamps that may help reduce the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. These lamps are provided in partnership with the Downtown Kitchener Community Health Centre and the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network, through the #Lightbrary initiative pioneered by community builder and library board member Robin Mazumder.
We’ve also curated some reading lists for you on a variety of topics. Click on each topic to see the lists and reserve titles right away:
If you need to talk to someone, here is a guide to community mental health resources. Feel free to bookmark it, print it, and share it with friends, family, and colleagues.
As we talk today about mental health issues, it’s important to remember that these issues matter all year long. Statistics show that 1 in 3 Canadians will experience a mental health issue at some point during their lives. You are not alone.