Libraries Put Spotlight on Mental Health Help

Loudoun County Public Library, with support from the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health, Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is providing an array of programs and resources during Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

“It’s a privilege to work with these great organizations to help people discover ways to improve their mental wellness and gain a deeper understanding of those who must manage mental health issues on a daily basis,” Library Director Chang Liu, stated. “The library remains dedicated to providing both educational materials and space for an open, compassionate dialog on this crucial topic.”

Special events during the month include:

This is My Brave

Saturday, May 13, 3 p.m.
Rust Library

Personal stories of living successful, full lives despite mental illness are shared through poetry, music and essay. The mission of This Is My Brave is to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues and to provide a sense of community and hope by sharing experiences of those in recovery.


Teenage Trials

Sunday, May 14, 2 p.m. at Cascades Library

Professional counselor Victoria Small will discuss the many physical, emotional and social changes teenagers face, and help families recognize and address anxiety, stress and depression.


Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Monday, May 15, 6 p.m. at Ashburn Library

Bob Bell, a licensed social worker, will detail lifestyle habits people can adapt to keep their brains healthy as they age.


Meet the Author: Doug Hensch

Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. at Sterling Library

Hensch, author of Positively Resilient, 5 1⁄2 Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles and Defeat Anxiety, will explain how resilience helps people of all ages cope with adversity and major life changes.

For a full schedule of the month’s events, go to


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