Mental Health Issues in Public Libraries

Mental Health Issues in Public Libraries: Every library employee encounters difficult patrons from time to time. An estimated 1 in 4 American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder (the leading cause of disability in America). Mental health and substance use conditions often co-occur. The experience of dealing with unpleasant behavior is common for staff in libraries of just about all sizes and types.

This program is designed for all staff that work with the public. The workshop will cover:
• Common myths about mental illness
• Possible ways to deal with unpleasant behavior
• Tips and suggestions on the best way to work with mentally ill patrons
• Resources available to your library

This workshop, presented by Janet Caruso, Division Director of Mental Health America of Dutchess County and Marlene Taylor, MHLA Community Education Coordinator, will be offered in two locations:
• Wednesday, February 24 from 10:00am – 12:00pm in the MHLS Auditorium
• Friday, March 11 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck.

Please register online at