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Embracing All Patrons: Mental Health in the Public Library – Part I

Public libraries are open and provide service to all people, including those with mental illness. Mental health statistics in the U.S. are staggering with 1 in 5 adults experiencing mental illness in a given year and 1 in 25 adults experiencing serious mental illness that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. Conversely, often library staff are not properly trained on identifying and managing patrons suffering from mental illness.

Mental Health Awareness Month is a great opportunity to start exploring the role that the public library plays in supporting mental health. Join Akiliah Manuel Mills, MLIS, Regional Manager at Riverside County Library System and mental health expert, for ‘Embracing All Patrons: Mental Health in the Public Library – Part I’ on May 23rd at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT.

During the first 30-minute webinar of this complimentary series, you will learn:

  • Types of mental illness
  • Why mental illness often goes untreated
  • Reasons patrons suffering from mental illness frequent the library
  • How library staff can be better equipped to support mental health


Akiliah Manuel Mills, MLIS
Regional Manager, Riverside County Library System