Every year since 1951, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has hosted Mental Health Week during the first full week in May. This is the 70th year for Mental Health Week, which is being observed from May 3 to 9, 2021. The objective of Mental Health Week is to shift societal beliefs and perceptions about mental health. It helps promote behaviours and attitudes that foster well-being, support good mental health and create a culture of understanding and acceptance.

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week is understanding our emotions. Recognizing, labeling and accepting our feelings are all part of protecting and promoting good mental health for everyone. Naming, expressing and dealing with our emotions – even when they’re uncomfortable – can make us feel better.

The Champlain Library offers many books and DVDs which relate to Mental Health in some form or another. Whether it is a book on how to reduce stress, a guide to helping children and teens through mental health challenges, a video resource to help you feel better, and learn to tackle depression, anxiety and stress, a cookbook on life-changing recipes or a feel good novel to read, the library has you covered.

For more information on Mental Health Week, visit www.mentalhealthweek.ca. To search the library’s catalogue and reserve an item, visit the library’s website at bc-cl.ca or call the library at 613-678-2216.