Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949 the month of May has been recognized as Mental Health Month. Numerous organizations across America work collectively to raise awareness of Mental Health and promote local events, screenings, and other community resources. According to Mental Health America (MHA), 50 million Americans are afflicted with mental illness, and 11.4 million experience suicidal thoughts. Experts claim that the pandemic has further worsened the mental health situation. The Surgeon General sounded the alarm of a "Mental Health Crisis" of our youth due to the effects of the pandemic.

The CDC further defines mental health and why it's so crucial:

Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

San José Public Library recognizes the importance of providing mental health resources. From numerous checkout materials covering mental health issues and programs to community resources, San José Public Library has you covered.

Recommended Reading

Freedom From Health Anxiety Understand and Overcome Obsessive Worry About Your Health , book cover
Permission to Come Home Reclaiming Mental Health as Asian Americans, book cover
Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?, book cover
The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health Navigate An Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional , book cover
Are U Ok ? a Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health, book cover
The Self-care Kit for Stressed-out Teens, book cover
Understanding Suicidal Feelings, book cover
Building Happier Kids Stress-busting Tools for Parents, book cover
(Don't) Call Me Crazy 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health, book cover

Local and National Resources

San Jose Public Library Events

  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga and more!