Post by Kim & Ingrid, Information Services Staff It’s been a particularly tough few years as COVID-19 has had a major impact on many people’s mental health. We want to help raise awareness on this important issue in advance of World Mental Health Day which occurs on October 10th each year. What is Mental Health? According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, mental health refers to… Read More World Mental Health Day
Post by Jesse, Information Services staff Bibliotherapy is a methodology that has been explored in Canadian libraries more recently. It has been more commonly found within UK libraries during the last decade. Bibliotherapy involves the use of books to help people heal social, emotional or personal problems. The practice of reading more mindfully, within all genres,… Read More Bibliotherapy
Post by Kassandra, Information Services Staff. I am not sure why this round of lockdown seems to feel so much more difficult, but I do know that my mental health is certainly feeling it. While this topic of mental health may be difficult to talk about, I think acknowledging mental health, and checking in with yourself is important, but… Read More Mental Health Resources
January is a month when it’s important to pay extra attention to our mental health. In a part of the world like Kitchener, our days can be darker and colder. And, with the added stress of the pandemic, many of us might be having an extra difficult year. And so, this is a perfect time… Read More Books for Comfort, Help, & Healing
Post by Cecilia, Information Services staff Writing is therapeutic! That is one thing we all know, but at least I, tend to forget. When the pandemic started, I was lost for a while until something interesting happened. My creative writing group from Toronto, which had stopped getting together 16 years ago, started again via Zoom.… Read More Writing Is Therapeutic
Post by Elliott, Information Services staff Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. Audre Lorde, A Burst of Light and Other Essays The word self-care is everywhere you turn, especially right now. We are living through a health crisis unlike anything we’ve seen in our… Read More Thoughts On Self-Care + Mental Wellness Bingo
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.