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Mental Health: Some Resources

Some Basics

Chances are, you know someone with a mental illness. Chances are you have experienced a mental illness. According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness,

  • One in five American adults experience a mental illness in a given year.
  • Nearly one in 25 Americans live with a major mental illness.
  • 20 percent of kids aged 13-18 live with a mental health condition
  • 60 percent of people with a mental illness didn't receive treatment in the previous year.

Though recent gun violence has been linked with mental illness (and President Obama's executive order on curbing gun violence includes $500 million for improved access to mental health care), few acts of violence are committed by people with a mental illness. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 90 percent of violent acts are committed by people without a mental illness. However, those who have a mental illness are ten times more likely to be victims of violence.

This guide and library display was inspired by LIS Mental Health Week, an effort to encourage discussion about mental health in libraries.

Online Resources

Overcoming Stigma, Learning More

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photo courtesy of Steven Depolo

A Selection of Books from our collection


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Barbara Fister
I'm happy to meet to discuss your research in my office, over coffee, or wherever it's convenient for you.

Office: Library Lower Level (facing Beck Hall)
phone: x7553

Did you know...?

We have light boxes for your use on all three floors of the library. These boxes are helpful for the "winter blues" - when seasonal affective disorder and short winter days can affect your mood.


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