Mental Health Initiative

Working with libraries across California to create safe spaces for mental health knowledge and access to resources

1 in 10
adults

in California suffer from functional impairment due to a mental disorder

By
2025

depression will be the world's leading cause of disability

10
million

California residents visited libraries in 2017

Program Pillars

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De-escalating Situations

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Creating Resources

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Developing Programs

Our Work

The Mental Health Initiative works with libraries across California in a variety of ways with the goal of training and enabling staff to provide kind and compassionate service to all community members. Learn more about the trainings we’ve offered in previous years and the community programing aid we are offering this year. We also have a wealth of resources, free and available to all. Be sure to click for more information.

Resources

Why Libraries

Libraries are uniquely situated throughout communities across the state. They are free, public spaces accessible to all. As community centers have become a thing of the past, libraries are opening their doors to everyone and serving as more than just a space for books. They are a place to gather, to meet, to take free courses, to play, to rest; they are a place to access any type of knowledge free of cost and judgment.