Gilroy Library to serve as host for one of six statewide Mental Health Resource Fairs

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May 19 event to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – May 9, 2018 – Numerous community organizations and public agencies that provide services around mental health and wellness issues will come together on Saturday, May 19 at Gilroy Library for “Mindquest,” a Mental Health Resource Fair funded by the California State Library’s State Mental Health Initiative. The event, which runs from 10 am to 4 pm, is free and open to residents throughout Santa Clara County.

Activities for all ages are scheduled throughout the day, in addition to resource tables providing prizes and giveaways. Kids can take part in yoga, arts and crafts, and a visit by a children’s author. Adults can enjoy chair massage, yoga, and adult coloring for stress relief. Workshop topics include mental health for teens and suicide prevention. In addition, a class on mental health for the whole family will be presented in Spanish. Other talks will touch on the subjects of emotional intelligence, patient rights and dealing with emotional trauma using mindfulness techniques.

“Mental health is a subject that many families have trouble addressing,” stated Nancy Howe, County Librarian. “I am very pleased that Gilroy Library is able to bring such an array of valuable information for those who are dealing with these issues, as well as their loved ones and caregivers.”

One in five Americans has a mental health condition, including anxiety, depression, addiction, ADHD, and eating disorders. While traditionally such personal health issues have rarely been publicly discussed, society has been moving toward greater understanding and openness in talking about them. The recent People magazine cover story addressing Mariah Carey’s bipolar diagnosis is just one such example.  

The Mental Health Resource Fair will provide information to attendees about mental health and wellness, as well as access to service providers. Mindquest is designed to bring the entire community together to draw attention to important issues and share tools to address life’s many challenges.

 Nancy Howe/Diane Roche/Erik Sanjurjo
 Santa Clara County Library District
 (408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3080/3014

About the Santa Clara County Library District
The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 2 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work. In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2017, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.
The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2017, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 328,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.2 million visitors, who borrowed over 9 million items.