Chalk it up to positive mental health

IMG_20150505_090146Next week, (Monday, May 4 through Saturday, May 9), we are participating in a community-wide initiative in celebration of Mental Health Week.

Organizations in the downtown are decorating their sidewalks with positive, encouraging, and anti-bullying messages all through the week.  Library staff will have chalk available for customers to fill our sidewalks with art and positive words.

Outreach Librarian, Becky Stark invites you to participate along with us! In her words:

I think it will be a really beautiful kind of “experience art” for our patrons, to come to the library and be surrounded by message of love, acceptance and encouragement.  How can that *not* brighten your day, and make you feel appreciated by your library? :)

We’ve had quite a bit of contribution and support, and we’ve only had two rainy days! We invite everyone in the community, even if you’re just visiting for a few minutes, to add your words of support, inspiration, hope, and compassion (or an illustration!) to the sidewalk surrounding the library, the library’s stairways, and ramps. Chalk is available for anyone to use at the Circulation Desks on the main and lower levels.

Check out the work that has been added so far on our Facebook page!

 

About Mental Health:

During Mental Health Week Canadian Mental Health and St. Thomas Public Library encourages all Canadians to reflect on their own attitudes toward people living with mental health issues. Reducing discrimination and stigma is paramount, so that people with mental health issues can be better supported in managing or recovering from their illness.

Check out St. Thomas Public Library’s mental health resources on our catalogue: http://bit.ly/1dHTRng

Mental health is key to our well-being. We can’t be truly healthy without it. It involves how we feel, think, act, and interact with the world around us. Mental health is about realizing our potential, coping with the normal stresses of life, and making a contribution to our community. It may be more helpful to think of good mental health as thriving. Good mental health isn’t about avoiding problems or trying to achieve a ‘perfect’ life. It’s about living well and feeling capable despite challenges. Mental well-being is bigger than the presence or absence of a mental illness. People who live with a mental illness can and do thrive, just as people without a mental illness may experience poor mental health. (From CMHA website)

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