May is Mental Health Month

There’s a virus spreading across America. It harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence. It prevents them from seeking help. And in some cases, it takes lives. What virus are we talking about? It’s stigma. Stigma against people with mental health conditions. But there’s good news. Stigma is 100% curable. Compassion, empathy and understanding are the antidote. Your voice can spread the cure. Join NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Together we can #CureStigma.–NAMI WebsiteCureStigma-Twitter-Header

NAMI estimates that 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. suffer from some sort of mental illness in any given year. As we acknowledge Mental Health Month in May, we wanted to highlight a few resources that can help you explore the topic.

We have many books that can help you explore mental health issues. Look for works under the Subject of mental health or mental illness.  You can also look up the specific issue, such as depression, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, or stress. Go here to search the library’s print catalog.

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We also have many ebook collections; the following two specific collections can be useful when you need to access information online.

Springer: This collection has an emphasis on scientific materials, including psychology.

Ebook Central: This database covers many subject areas. Search a specific term for best results.

For articlesPsycArticles is a great place for psychology research.  High quality, academic, peer reviewed articles are available on any psychology topic.

wellness-wheel-chartFinally, we have great help right here at ECC: Wellness Services.  They have a lot of support services that they offer students, including one-on-one sessions, support groups, crisis intervention and even a Wellness podcast. Contact information: Bldg B, Room B120, Tel: 847-214-7390  or studentwellness@elgin.edu.

To follow on social media, use the hashtag #CureStigma.

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian
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