What Does One Library Community Do to Achieve Better Mental Health?

Mental Health at the Library

In May, one Library's customers were asked what they do to support their mental health.

At this particular Library, there are all sorts of activities for children: creating art for a mural, participating in a monthly scavenger hunt, etc.

There weren't any similar fun activities for adults, until recently, when an adult craft activity was added. In March, another activity was added for adults, a Women's History Quiz to celebrate Women's History Month. In May, a white board was placed in the adult nonfiction area asking adults what kinds of things they do to help with their mental health.

Activities for Adults

Following are some of what the customers reported back as what they do to help their mental health:

  • Cuddle with my dog!
  • Reading
  • Diary
  • Playing with my daughter.
  • Music
  • Talk to my therapist and dog
  • Go on summer vacation!
  • Take Snorlax naps!
  • Eat a lot of good food and work out our body
  • Playing with Mama
  • Listening to ROCK music
  • Read a GOOD Book
  • Play piano! (even badly)
  • Vacation
  • Go to the beach
  • Go on walks
  • Have tea and read a good book
  • I like doing qigong to destress
  • Coloring books
  • Cuddle my cat!
  • Yoga
  • Antidepressants
  • Going to therapy and taking my medications
  • Read God's word, The Bible
  • Be kind

If you have any ideas not listed here, feel free to add them below in the comments.

Mental Health Books

HBR Guide to Better Mental Health at Work, book cover
Change Your Brain Everyday, book cover
No Time to Panic, book cover
Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, book cover
How to Navigate Your Life, book cover