May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

As numerous news sources have pointed out, the Covid-19 pandemic and its associated stay-at-home orders have taken an emotional toll. Anxiety and depression, in particular, seeing a bump up in numbers. So it seems like an appropriate time (it being May and all) to highlight both Mental Health Awareness Month and some of the numerous resources available both digitally and in print.

The good folks of SPPL_Recommends have compiled some fiction and nonfiction/resource booklists for children and teens, as well as additional lists for kids dealing with fear, anger, sadness, and anxiety.

Saint Paul Public Library has collected up a variety of wellness resources, including crisis and mental health resources.

Here are some other useful resources related specifically to mental health and the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • The CDC has a thorough page of information and resources about how to cope with the stress and anxiety of COVID-19.
  • Johns Hopkins University has created a reliable and helpful website about the Covid-19 pandemic, including a section on protecting your mental health during the pandemic.

If you need to talk to someone now, please reach out to Ramsey County's crisis lines, which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Adult Crisis Line: 651-266-7900
  • Children's Crisis Line: 651-266-7878

(Post by Jennifer B.)

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