May–Mental Health Awareness Month

National Mental Health Awareness Month in May focuses on bringing tools, resources, and education to the general public.

We often misunderstand mental health because it is hard to define. Additionally, mental health includes several areas. These areas involve one’s social, emotional, and psychological well-being. Mental health affects thoughts, feelings, and actions. When one has positive mental health, they are better equipped to handle stress, be more productive, and realize their full potential.

While we focus on our physical well being, the food we eat, exercise, and getting regular check-ups for vision and dental care, we often forget to take stock of our emotional and spiritual needs. Everyday demands take their toll.

Each year Mental Health America, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and other mental health organizations across the country organize events, webinars, and more to improve mental health access across the country. Below are just a few of the thousands of videos and ideas related to wellness and self-care. Find one that might speak to the balance you need right now.

The Traverse Area District Library has many self care, wellness and mental health resources available from Health Care Kits, CDs, DVDs, to digital resources like Kanopy and Hoopla. The live links are just a snapshot of the possibilities available depending on how and what you are searching for.  Digital resources are available to patrons who live in our taxing district (Grand Traverse County, Inland, Almira and Elmwood Townships).

If you like to meet with someone in person for assistance but don’t know where to begin, join us for Wednesdays with Toni.  Toni Hernalsteen from the Traverse Health Clinic is at the Main Library for free, confidential, walk-in consultations every Wednesday. She’s a great listener and she can assist with helping you find resources for assistance and housing, as well as health and wellness.

Locally, check out our Community Resources page for a wealth of information. At the same time, here are (just a few) local resources:

If you or someone you know needs to seek assistance check out one of these resources nationally:

Contact the Reference Desk at the Traverse Area District Library if you have any questions, we can help find the resources you are looking for.



Call:  231-932-8502

Begin, take a break or finish your day with a bit of self care.  Enjoy some guided mediation (below) from Kristin Lothman, a mind-body counselor with Mayo Clinic’s Department of Integrative Medicine and Health as one way to manage stress and anxiety. Don’t forget to take care of you.