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Friday, October 18 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Assisting and Providing Mental Health Literacy to Library Users with Mental Disorders and Developmental Disorders Across Library Settings

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The National Alliance of Mental Illness estimates that one in five children, teens, and adults suffer from a mental illness, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating1 in 59 children have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Academic, public, and school libraries must be prepared to be serve patrons struggling with mental and developmental disorders in an inclusive way. Outreach and Instruction Librarian, Dawn Behrend, who is a second career librarian with over 20 years of experience as a clinical psychologist, will introduce attendees to common mental and developmental disorders (including ASD), strategies for addressing challenging patron behaviors, ways to form relationships with community partners to meet the needs of such patrons, and programming/outreach ideas to promote mental health awareness. Health Sciences Librarian, Patrice Hall, who has over 30 years of experience as a medical librarian, will share information about how to assist caregivers and others working with patrons with mental and developmental disorders in locating consumer health information to improve their mental health literacy on these topics. A bibliography of selected readings and websites will be provided.

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Patrice Hall

Health Sciences Librarian, Lenoir-Rhyne University
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Dawn Behrend

Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Lenoir-Rhyne University

Friday October 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am EDT
Winston 3C