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.
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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.
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Emotional Healing: How to Put Yourself Back Together Again by Harry Barry
Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America by Kate Washington
Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness by Roy Richard Grinker
Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn’t Designed for You by Jenara Nerenberg
For Children & Teens at Seymour Library
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 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.
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.
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.
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.