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06/10/2017

October 10 is World Mental Health Day (WMHD).

There is still so much stigma around mental health. A sense of shame overcomes many people when this topic comes up, maybe because they have dealt with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, but did not feel comfortable talking about it.

This is certainly how I felt after giving birth to my first child. I had what many midwives and doctors (and the internet) described as the “baby blues”. That feeling of overwhelming joy you expect to have when you bring home your new baby just wasn’t there. I had difficulty sleeping, common with many new parents, which added to my anxiety.

What saved me was a network of people I could confide in, people who related to what I was going through, and reassured me that I was not the only one.

World Mental Health Day underlines the importance of continuing to talk about mental health, destigmatizing it so that no one feels ashamed of what they are going through, and can seek help and guidance where they need it.

WMHD is also a time to highlight all the research that has gone into this issue, and making it available to all.

The Ottawa Public Library has a wealth of resources when it comes to mental health. You can access books for children that talk about a parent or caregiver that suffers from depression, resources for teens that cover mental illnesses and treatment, or books on postpartum depression and how to recognize it.

Below are is a list of great resources that I wanted to highlight, but know that there is so much more you can access for free from your local branch.

World Mental Health Day/Journée mondiale de la santé mentale by allison_library

List created by Ottawa Public Library Librarians. / Liste créée par les bibliothécaires de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa.

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Here is another title I found really helped open up a discussion for a younger sibling who has an older sibling with depression. It is illustrated and written in a very relatable way.

https://ottawa.bibliocommons.com/item/show/951470026_the_princess_and_th...

Thanks for sharing mamaonthego!