Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library

Approved for one, two, three, or four hours of Medical Library Association CE


Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health. This class will increase participants' skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public.


  • Gain awareness of mental health issues.
  • Learn to respond to challenging reference questions for mental health information.
  • Be informed of tools for collection development and mental health research including the latest web sites and databases.

Course Materials

caringforthemind_2015.pptx, by michelle.eberle
caringforthemind_for_consumers_2015.pptx, by michelle.eberle


caringhandout2015.docx, by michelle.eberle
caringhandout2015_consumers.docx, by michelle.eberle


Caring for the Mind (Mental Health Information) Instructors

Midcontinental Region

Barbara Jones, ,

Middle Atlantic Region

Kate Flewelling, ,

Elaina Vitale, , Dana Abbey,

Pacific Northwest Region

Carolyn Martin, ,

Elaina Vitale, , Dana Abbey,


Michelle Eberle, Health Literacy and Community Engagement Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region