on April 09, 2021 Library Education Webinars

Webinar: Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at your Library

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Originally presented April 7, 2021

Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian.

Emily Hamstra, Outreach Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region, shares how to effectively provide mental health information at your library. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons are also discussed.

This webinar will increase participants' skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public.

Resources covered in this class include MedlinePlus.gov and other freely available authoritative resources.


  • -Gain awareness of mental health issues
  • -Learn to respond to challenging reference questions for mental health information
  • -Be informed of reliable (and free) resources for mental health information

If you're interested but not able to attend the live webinar, go ahead and register. We'll send a recording to all registrants after the fact.

Click below to experience this webinar as a tutorial. When you continue past the introduction to the webinar, you'll be prompted to log in. We require login to view the whole tutorial so we can provide certificates of completion for your records and for professional development credit. No purchase is required and you can create a Niche Academy account if you don't already have one. The certificate will be available for download when you have completed all sections of the tutorial.  


Click the link below to download the presentation slides:
Caring for the Mind Presentation Slides

Click the link below for additional resources Emily recommends:
Caring for the Mind Resources

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Emily Hamstra

Emily Hamstra is the Outreach Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region. She has worked in an academic library, public library, and for a library vendor. Emily is active in the Reference and User Services Association’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (RUSA-CODES).

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