Accessing Mental Health Information & Resources at your Local Library

Meredith on August 27, 2013

Local libraries are great places for families to access books, references, dvds and information on a range of topics.  If you do not have internet access available at home or work, they are also a great place to access online information and websites free of charge.  A great benefit of libraries is that they are a safe place to access resources without stigma or suspicion – when you walk in the door of a library you could be there to find information on anything! 

Many libraries have a health and wellness section where users can access information on a variety of health topics, including mental health disorders and mental wellbeing.  Given how great a local resource community libraries are, the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre (KMRC) is interested in working more closely with BC libraries to support the mental health and substance use information needs of children, youth, and families.

There are many ways the KMHRC and BC libraries can work together to support and promote the mental health of children, youth, and families in communities across BC. Here are some of the ways:

  • The KMHRC can provide a customized list of recommended child & youth mental health and substance use books/dvds/audio resources that libraries can order.
  • The KMHRC can send customized, evidence-based child & youth mental health resources (e.g. fact sheets, Healthy Living Toolkits, dvds) to local libraries, including resources in French, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Farsi.
  • The KMHRC can send libraries KMHRC promotional materials that can be distributed to library users (e.g. bookmarks).
  • Libraries can help families connect to the KMHRC website by placing a link to the website on library computers.
  • The KMHRC can provide regular updates about new resources and upcoming events that might be relevant and useful to library visitors.

Local libraries are an important community resource that all families can use and enjoy. Having mental health and substance use information and resources available in local libraries can help families to locate reliable and appropriate information in an affordable and accessible way.

If you are a librarian and are interested in seeing how we can work together to support the mental health and substance use information needs of families in your community, please be in touch!

If you are a parent or community member and would like to see some of the great resources the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre has developed in your local library, such as our Healthy Living Toolkits for Families or our Eating Disorder Meal Support Videos, please let us know as well!


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BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

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