May is National Mental Health Month, and in an effort to raise awareness, the Northwest Vista Library would like to highlight some of our resources on mental health and mental illness.
What is mental health?
Defined by the World Health Organization: “Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”
So, let’s take a look at some of the components mentioned in the definition of mental health.
First, what is stress, and what can it do to your health? Check out these materials, and find out.
How can we effectively manage our stress? Here are some helpful resources that you can find here in the Library:
So, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that to maintain a sense of well-being, we should “realize our own potential”. But how do we do that? Look no further…the Library has plenty of resources that can help!
Now, let’s take a look at the other side of mental health, mental illness:
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) defines mental illness as “a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder”.
Although, more widely understood and accepted today, there is still a stigma surrounding diseases or disorders classified as mental illnesses. That’s why, during National Mental Health Month, we at the Northwest Vista Library invite you to discover more about mental illness. Use our resources to dispel the myths, and enlighten others about the reality of what it means to live with a mental illness.
Here are some of the disorders that can be classified as mental illnesses, followed by a list of resources (books & DVDs) that you can find in our library on each topic.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD):
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
Family Members with Mental Illnesses:
It can be difficult to know how to relate to a family member that has a mental illness. Here are some resources that may help:
Get a glimpse at what it is like to live with a mental illness. These memoirs allow you to observe the struggles and the triumphs of those that were gracious enough to share their story:
Looking for help here on Campus?
Northwest Vista has counseling services available through the Wellness Center. For contact information, and a link to their website, see below:
Student Wellness Center
Cypress Campus Center Rm 204
They have also provided us with a wonderful pamphlet on depression:
NVC Depression Pamphlet
World Health Organization (WHO)
Mental Health America (MHA)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)