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Tuesday, May 02, 2023

NAMI Mental Health Awareness Month poster with the slogan More Than Enough

"During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we honor the absolute courage of the tens of millions of Americans living with mental health conditions, and we celebrate the loved ones and mental health professionals who are there for them every day. Treatment works, and there is no shame in seeking it. Together, we will keep fighting to get everyone access to the care they need to live full and happy lives." 

—President Joe Biden,

A Proclamation on National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2023

For more information, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Health-Awareness-Month.

See previous NewsBreaks on mental health:

"The Pros and Cons of Using AI-Based Mental Health Tools" (September 2022)

"A Librarian's Guide to Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness" (October 2019)


Librarians as Second Responders: Resources for Mental Health Awareness Month
by Patti Gibbons
Libraries support their communities in numerous ways, but increasingly, librarians are finding themselves in a position to provide mental health information and emotional support during crisis situations. In observance of National Mental Health Awareness Month, the following mental health-related information and resources were gathered with librarians in mind.

Weekly News Digests
Some Good News for Libraries
This Digest features a roundup of a few of the good-news stories that came out of last week's National Library Week.
'The Book Business Needs to Be a Better LGBTQ Ally' by Angela Engel
Publishers Weekly put forth an article by Angela Engel, "a publisher and a parent of a queer-identifying child," who opines, "It is not enough to add LGBTQ titles to publishers' lists or create imprints dedicated to LGBTQ titles. We are at a pivotal point in history where all of us must speak out and act against any insinuation that drag has an agenda to indoctrinate children."
Clarivate Publishes Report on U.S. Research Trends
Clarivate released "U.S. Research Trends: The Impact of Globalization and Collaboration," "an in-depth report from the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) which examines the impact of globalization on United States research."
Law Library of Congress Makes Its Legal Reports Available via HeinOnline
"[T]he Law Library of Congress is proud to announce that our legal reports will now also be accessible via HeinOnline. These reports are written by foreign law specialists at the Law Library and cover 300+ jurisdictions. ..."
SAGE Report Studies Librarian and Student Perspectives on Undergraduate Research
Technology From SAGE shared the results of a survey of nearly 600 students in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada in a new report, "The Knowledge Gap Between Librarians and Students: Contrasting Librarian and Student Perspectives on the Undergraduate Workflow" (registration required).

NewsLink Spotlight
We Are Not Safe From Mass Shootings … But We Could Be
by Alison A. Trotta
I was in high school when Columbine happened. At the time, everything about it felt surreal, unsettling. Growing up in an area that was considered safe, it seemed unfathomable that something like that could happen. Surely, it would never happen at my high school. Surely, it was an impossible thing. Still, I remember the unease, walking those halls, the whisper of worry in the eyes of my classmates. My mother's more emphatic "be careful." Then, it was an anomaly. Now, it is commonplace.

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