Navigating Mental Wellness in 2024 with Your Library

News Release by Libraries of Stevens County

January is Mental Wellness month, but this important topic deserves our attention all year long. Your library has a variety of resources to help support your journey to wellbeing. Read these five tips:

  1. Mental Wellness Biographies and Self-Help Books – It may seem obvious, but you can find a curated list of books, magazines, and more in our catalog, sharing the journey of individuals and experts as well as alternative options. From navigating difficult diagnoses to everyday anxiety to experiencing traumatic situations, we can help you find the information you seek.
      It’s Private: We know seeking help can be difficult, overwhelming, and full of feelings. Our Libby downloadable collection offers privacy and portability for on-demand use to hundreds of titles on topics for brain wellness AND entertaining escapes from everyday life. All library checkouts and conversations with staff are private.
  2. Series & Featured Films – Did you know that our new Kanopy streaming service has a collection of Mental Wellness titles? From natural and holistic medicine, to staying active, to suicide and tragedies, Kanopy has a wide variety of inclusive subjects and videos to view.
  3. Courses to Help Navigate Life – Sometimes, we need a hands-on approach for stress, anxiety, workplace situations, and pressure from others. LinkedIn Learning has over 1,000 courses – most under an hour – to help improve your reactions, inner voice, and train your brain to navigate life.
  4. Vetted Sources and Media – The internet is big and sometimes, more overwhelming than helpful. Find trusted sources through GALE. GALE’s Health and Wellness Portal gives you access to full-text medical journals, magazines, media, and more for researchers of all levels. Not health related? No problem. They have over 35 different portals to give you access to a specific subject or search with GALE OneFile for generalized help. (*Note: You can search full-text Spanish and Portuguese language scholarly journals and magazines from Latin America, too.)
  5. Learn, Research, Enjoy – Sometimes, a new focus or activity can help kick-start and encourage a journey to wholeness. Exploring a new subject, researching a big purchase or trip, or kicking back with a comedic or feel-good DVD can let your brain focus on an alternate subject or relax from situational tension. We recommend:
    • Research your family tree: find out more about your roots through Ancestry, the largest online family resource. This database is only available on the library’s internet connection (public computer or wifi) and offers thousands of records.
    • Check out a comedic DVD (792): we have the Rockshow Comedy Tour, the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, SNL characters, and many, many funny selections to choose from. Ask your librarian for recommendations! We love to share titles we enjoyed or see going out often. Browse the catalog here.
    • Attend a program: learn a new skill or view an engaging, informative talk at your library or within your community.
    • Browse pictures from yesteryear: Washington State Library has several digital collections, including maps, newspapers, pictures, manuscripts, documents, and books.
    • Learn a new language: your brain will keep busy learning (or relearning) a language with our online and app-based learning app, Mango.

As we travel through 2024, be sure to take care of yourself and check in on others who may be struggling. Seek help through these crisis lines if things get too tough, available to everyone in Washington State, with or without insurance and regardless of income. These are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Immediate Help/Emergency Crisis – 911

National Suicide Prevention Line – (800) 273-8255 or text 988

Substance Abuse, Gambling, Mental Health Crisis – Washington Recovery Help Line – (866) 789-1511

About Libraries of Stevens County

The mission of Libraries of Stevens County is to enrich the quality of life for all Stevens County residents by providing library resources for information, learning and recreation.


Libraries of Stevens County – Administrative Office, PO Box 744 – 4008 Cedar Street, Loon Lake, WA 99148 (509) 233-9621