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.
Local and National Resources
- CDC Mental Health
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
- Mental Health America: Free online mental health screening
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Parents Helping Parents: Youth with Anxiety &/or Mood Disorders - Parent Support Group
- Santa Clara County Behavioral Services: Suicide and Crisis Hotline 24/7 1 (855) 278-4204 Or Text RENEW to 741741
- Seniors Friendship Line or call 1-800-971-0016
San Jose Public Library Events
- Yoga and more!