Mental Health Resources

May is National Mental Health Month. Seymour Library offers a variety of books (print and digital) and other resources focused on mental health related topics for adults, families, and children.

This page features books (print and digital) recently added to the library’s collection through a donation made by NAMI Cayuga County, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Books are available to all cardholders in the Finger Lakes Library System. 

Additional resources include our Healing Library and films on Kanopy

Read further to learn more. 

Digital Collection
Available on Overdrive

eBooks & Audiobooks that explore mental health and wellness for all ages. These titles are available digitally on OverDrive, a free (with your library card) borrowing service. 

Haven’t used OverDrive before? Get started here.

Emotional Healing: How to Put Yourself Back Together Again by Harry Barry 

Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America by Kate Washington

The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help you Deserve by Rheeda Walker PhD

Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness by Roy Richard Grinker 

This Is Depression: A Comprehensive, Compassionate Guide for Anyone Who Wants to Understand Depression by Dr. Diane McIntosh

Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn’t Designed for You by Jenara Nerenberg

Your Brain Needs a Hug: Life, Love, Mental Health, and Sandwiches by Rae Earl 

Anxiety Relief for Kids: On-the-Spot Strategies to Help Your Child Overcome Worry, Panic, and Avoidance by Bridget Flynn Walker 

For Children & Teens at Seymour Library
Books for families

Books that explore topics on mental health and wellness for children, teens, and their families. For a complete list of books and links to our online catalogue, click here

For Adults at Seymour Library
Books for adults

Books that explore topics on mental health and wellness for adults.

For a complete list of books, descriptions, and links to our online catalogue, click here

Additional Resources:
I'm Worried Mental Health and Wellness Backpack
“I’m Worried” Mental Health and Wellness Backpack
Practicing Mindfulness Mental Health Wellness Backpack
“Practicing Mindfulness” Mental Health Wellness Backpack
Understanding Feelings Mental Health Wellness Backpack
“Understanding Feelings” Mental Health Wellness Backpack

New: Mental Health Wellness Backpacks for Families

These learning backpacks include books and activities for families to explore topics on mental health and wellness. Topics include: “Practicing Mindfulness”, “Understanding Feelings”, and “I’m Worried”.

Funding for these resources comes from NAMI Cayuga County, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Allan H. & Helen C. Miskell Foundation. 

These backpacks are available to all cardholders in the Finger Lakes Library System. 

Healing Library 

Healing Library

Seymour Library offers three kits focusing on “tough” topics that families can use together at home. Materials for the kits were developed by librarian Megan Emery of Chattanooga Public Library in consultation with Bonnie Thomas, a cognitive behavioral therapist with a focus on art and play based therapy, David Moorhead, a children’s librarian at Lewiston Public Library, and Kirsten Cappy of Curious City, a children’s literature advocate.

Topics include: “Death of a Loved One,” “Death of a Pet,” and “Alzheimer’s and Your Family.” 

*Kits are available to all cardholders in the Finger Lakes Library System, but must be picked up at Seymour Library. Visit our online catalogue to reserve a kit

Documentaries on Mental Health available to stream on Kanopy.

Kanopy is a video streaming platform available to Seymour Library cardholders that offers access to over 26,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from over hundreds of producers including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, and PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers. Haven’t used Kanopy before? Get started here.