Information is Your Pathway to Knowledge
Today more than ever, mental health is being talked about in the public square. This often and unfortunately happens when a person with mental illness causes some tragic event such as a mass shooting to unfold. But there are also many people who now feel less stigmatized by sharing their mental health difficulties and their search for hope and healing and this is a good thing.
Within this changing landscape are health sciences librarians who work in mental health research centers, academic institutions or hospitals whose goal it is to bring high-quality, best-evidence information to the forefront to help practitioners, researchers, students and the public learn more about mental health. These librarians have a home in the Association of Mental Health Librarians.
If this describes you and you are not a member, please consider joining us. We are a small but welcoming group. We host an e-mail discussion list where we share best practices and help each other with difficult to locate resources or tricky reference questions. We also meet each year, most recently joining forces with the Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Professionals (SALIS). This quickly became one of my important go-to meetings each year and I hope it may become the same for you as well.
Len Levin, MS LIS, MA, AHIP