POLL: Prevalence of Mental Health Issues
Have you (either personally or in support of someone else) dealt with a
mental health issue before ?
What is a Mental Health Disorder or Illness?
A mental disorder or mental illness is a
diagnosable illness that:
Affects a person’s thinking, emotional
state, and behavior
Disrupts the person’s ability to:
Carry out daily activities
Engage in satisfying relationships
Consider the Facts:
60 percent of Americans with a mental disorder receive no treatment.
Left untreated mental illness costs the United States a minimum of $105 billion in lost productivity
Mental illness is estimated to result in 35 million lost work days each year.
Almost 50 percent work staff have no training in dealing with workers with a mental illness.
42% 58% 63%
Mental Health and Your Community
42.5 million American adults are affected by mental illnesses every year
People living with mental illnesses are 16 times more likely to encounter
a law enforcement officer than they are a medical professional.
18.5%, (over 8 million), of the adult American population have at least two
diagnoses of mental illnesses. Co-morbidity can occur with any mental illness.
Despite being the lowest occurring mental illness, schizophrenia and other
psychosis based illnesses affect less than one percent of the population.
“National Report 2016.” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Sep. 7, 2017.
The Profile of Mental Health
Some groups are more likely to report mental
health issues than others:
• Non-for-profit sectors
• Unionized employees
Groups that are less likely to report mental
• Older adults 65+
• Children less than 12 years of age
• Homeless / Below Poverty Line
• Law Enforcement / First Responders
• Military Personnel
U.S. Adults with a Mental Disorder
in Any Given Year
Type of Mental Disorder % Adults
Anxiety disorder 18.1 .
Major depressive disorder 6.8 .
Substance use disorder 8.1
Bipolar disorder 2.8 .
Eating disorders 5-10 .
Any mental disorder 18.5 .
Why Don’t People Seek Treatment for
Mental Health Issues?
Many people are not well informed
People often do not know how to respond
Denial that a problem exists
Professional help is not always on hand
Lack of local resources
Lack of means to obtain help
Who can be First Responders
for Mental Health?
Teachers, EMT first responders, and veterans. They’re
neighbors, parents, and friends. Librarians. They’re people in
recovery, and those supporting a family member. They’re
First Ladies and Mayors.
Anyone who wants to make their community healthier,
happier, and safer for all.
Mental Health Awareness &
Take the fear and hesitation out of starting
conversations about mental health and substance
use problems by improving understanding and
providing an action plan that teaches people to
safely and responsibly identify and address a
potential mental illness or substance use disorder.
When more people are equipped with the tools
they need to start a dialogue, more people can
get to the help they may need.
Things to Remember:
Libraries are safe places.
Libraries offer a wide array of information and resources to help people.
People have a right to privacy.
Allow people to be independent.
Do not assume you know what is going on.
Be aware of the wide range of behaviors associated with mental illness.
“Librarians are tour-guides for all knowledge.” – Patrick Ness, author
Association of Specialized and
Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
“Information is considered key in the management of mental illnesses and in reducing
the discrimination that is so often associated with it.”
American Library Association, Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies. (2007)
Libraries and Mental Health
Libraries typically focus on two types of “needs”:
The Need for Information
One of the best ways to better serve patrons with mental illness and and fight the
stigma of mental illness is to learn more about mental illness.
Common Signs and Symptoms
Wanting to Cry for No Reason
Increased or Decreased Appetite
Loss of Motivation
States of Mania
Unexplained Aches and Pains
Sleeping Too Much or Too Little
Blunted or Inappropriate Emotional Response
HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THEIR
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
• 81% of managers feel comfortable
discussing mental health with their
• The same 81% feel that they could
direct staff to appropriate supports
• 29% believe their manager is
knowledgeable about mental health
• 32% would not feel comfortable talking to
their manager about a mental health
• 26% agree that their supervisor is able to
“effectively” manage mental health issues
• 32% feel that their supervisor would not
be helpful if they were to approach them
about a mental health issue
Recognizing signs and symptoms
Community supports available
Medical factors influencing mental health issues
Strategies for keeping employees functional and
successful in the workplace
Responses to negative reactions
Insight into legal requirements
Handling difficult conversations
Creating an inclusive work environment
ADDITIONAL TRAINING STAFF WOULD LIKE
Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
Helpful and Harmful Things to Say
More Specialized Resources
Hinweis der Redaktion
Poll: Which Mental Disorder is the Most Common in the United States?
Answers: AnxietyDepressionSubstance UseEmotionalEatingPsychosis
Do you believe your staff interact well with people who are experiencing a mental illness?
Answers: Yes, No, I’m Not Sure