Emerging Technology Planning – Mental Health is Health Campaign

Introduction

Students face enormous amounts of stress while in college, yet they are so focused on graduation that they frequently ignore the signs of their own mental health deterioration. A report done by the American Council of Education (ACE) found that suicide is the second highest cause of death among college students (Lipson et al., 2019). 63 percent of US college students dealt with overwhelming anxiety in 2018 (N.J. & Marques, L., 2019). According to a report done by the Center for Collegiate mental health (CCMH), those who look for help are walking into a system which does not have the infrastructure to support the number of students who need their help (CCMH, 2019). A Harvard Study published in the Association of American Universities website reported one in four students being diagnoses with or treated for a mental health disorder in 2017 and nearly one fifth of all respondents  students stating they had thought about suicide (Younghans, 2018). The same study stated that about 20 percent of responding students have participated in self-injury and 9 percent reported having attempted suicide (Younghans, 2018). These statistics are staggering. But what can we do as a library to help support those students who either do not want to ask for help or are bullied by the stigma surrounding mental health into silence? Can we offer a safe space under the guise of learning for professional reasons and fun community building activities? Can we offer resources in a place where anonymity is easy to gain? This is the overall goal of the Mental Health is health campaign. By offering resources in a place that is for learning, students can fight their fear of finding help by browsing books on mental health in the safety of the bookshelves, they can participate in workshops and community gathering activities meant to teach them to be better professionals without having to admit that they need the help themselves. They can enjoy the connection and lighthearted activities created by a library who they can see supports them without actively seeking out the connections needed to help them through their mental health struggles.

Details about the Program

The Mental Health is Health Library Campaign will create opportunities the David D. Palmer Health Library West Branch staff to connect with their student community. This will be done through the creation of prominent mental health displays including books which cover topics ranging from depression and anxiety to PTSD among veterans and sexual assault victims, statistic reports, recent research articles, and information on local and national helplines/resources, hosting seminars on suicide prevention or chiropractic care at the VA, have a designated meditation room in the library which providing a safe and quiet place to relax or refocus, creating inspiration station with inspiring quotes and pictures near entrance of library, offering wellness workshops such as Laughter Yoga and Meditation, partnering with Yoga club to offer weekly Yoga Classes in the library, and Hosting “The library loves you events” which offer snacks and stress related activities or objects to show we are here for them.

Goals/Objectives

1. Provide a service which is participatory and encourages community relationship building.

2. Provide a safe space to gather knowledge and information about how to manage mental health.

3. Increase awareness of the books and resources the library has available.

4. Encourage students to talk about mental health issues in order to help destroy the stigma surrounding mental health and mental health issues.

Description of Community you wish to engage

Our target community is the students of Palmer College of Chiropractic West campus. Our secondary population is the staff and faculty here at Palmer College of Chiropractic West Campus. Our tertiary population is the students at the other two Palmer College of Chiropractic Campuses (Main Campus and Florida) however, our plan is to test our campaign here at the smallest of the three schools before moving forward with the inclusion of the other two communities.

Action Brief Statement

For patrons:

Convince students at Palmer College of Chiropractic West Campus that by engaging with the Mental Health is Health campaign they will support their own mental health, learn skills to help with patient mental health and build connections with their community which will help to remove the stigma surrounding mental health because the library strives to be a center for information gathering and connection building.

For Staff:

Convince library staff at Palmer college of Chiropractic West Campus that by creating the Mental health is Health Campaign they will be supporting the students own mental health wile also providing resources that can be used when students become practicing chiropractors which will increase their ability to success in their programs and as a doctor because the library is a place for students to gather together, learn, and feel safe and supported.

Evidence and Resources to support service

Background Information

California Center for the books. (n.d.). Mental Health Initiative

California State Library. (n.d.). Mental Health Initiative

Fargo, K. (2018). 13 Resources for Libraries That Are Serios About Promoting Health Literacy

Fernandez, M. (2019). Public Libraries are now mental helath resource centers

Grohol, J.M. (2018). What is Good Mental Health

Hyun, J., Quinn, B., Madon, T., & Lustig, S. (2006). Graduate Student Mental Health: Needs Assessment and Utilization of Counseling Services. Journal of College Student Development, 47(3), 247-266.

Maryville University. (n.d.). Mental Health Resources for College Students

Mcclintock, A. (2017). Beyond Books: how libraries can help meet health needs

Mental Health Foundation. (n.d.). How to look after your mental health

Pain, E. (2018). Graduate students need more mental health support, new study highlights. Science, Science, 03/07/2018.

Pain, E. (2018). Graduate students take charge on mental health care. Science, Science, 04/10/2018.

Psychology today. (2015). 9 ways You can Improve your Mental Health Toady

Skwerski, J. (n.d.). The Public Library: A Good Home for Mental Health Literacy

Smith, M., Segal, R., Robinson, L. and Segal, J. (2019). Building Better Mental Health

Summerhurst, C., Wammes, M., Wrath, A., & Osuch, E. (2017). Youth Perspectives on the Mental Health Treatment Process: What Helps, What Hinders? Community Mental Health Journal, 53(1), 72-78.

Thromgorton, K. (2017). Mental Health First Aid

University Health Service, University of Michigan. (n.d.). Ten Things You can Do for Your Mental Health

Zakarian, C. (2019). May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Examples at other Libraries

Fraga, J. (2016). Humanizing Homelessness at the San Francisco Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library. (n.d.). Coffee and Conversation

New York Public Library. (n.d.). Coffee and Connections

Pima County Public Library. (n.d.). Library Nurse

San Jose Public Library. (2019). SJ Engage: Mental Health

Santa Monica Public Library. (n.d.). Mental Health and You

Vantrease, S. (n.d.). Butte County Library Promotes Mental Health

Mission. Guidelines. and Policies

The Mental Health is Health Campaign will adhere to the set David D. Palmer Health Science Library policies in regards to normal library functions and must support the libraries current mission and vision. Any additional policies or guidelines will be established by the Director of Libraries and the West Campus Branch Manager. When the program expands to other campuses, the main campus Public Services Librarian will also be involved in the creation of guidelines and policies. In terms of bringing in guest speakers, workshops and seminars, this program will adhere to campus wide guidelines and be coordinated with help from student and academic services. Guidelines for use will not be necessary for this program because these added resources and services are based on services and resources the library already offers. As stated before, this program will be able to use the normal library service guidelines for use, such as, length of loan period, overdue book policies, student and staff code of conduct, and campus polices on seminars and workshops held on campus.  

Funding Considerations

The funding for this campaign would come from a couple different sources. The book collection needed for this program display and updated mental health section would come from the normal annual budget for collection development and new books. These books should be purchased as part of our normal collection development process. Funds from budget sections which are no longer used, such as our current budget for Homecoming (at West Campus this is paid for by student services not the library) should be reallocated to support The Library loves you Events, paying for workshops and seminars, supplying the inspiration station and adding necessary pieces to our meditation room. The inspiration station should also be a donation station, allowing students and staff to add inspiration, art or color to this space as well. Pro-bono contracts with creators and teachers who are willing to offer workshops, classes, or seminars will also be discussed, especially for students who have special focuses they would like to offer. Yoga club classes are p[provided by the Yoga Club of Palmer Chiropractic West, which will not need to be funded and are free for any student or staff to attend. If necessary, fundraising can be done.

Action Steps and Timeline

This campaign will start at the West Campus branch and can expand to the other two branches of the David D. Palmer Health Science library if successful. This program in part is already up and running but can be in full swing with a schedule of workshops and seminars available by the beginning of the Summer quarter, which begins in mid-July (4 months). However it may need a longer turn around at other campuses due to the fact that West Campus already has a working meditation room, an inspiration station that is donated to by students and staff, and a suicide prevention workshop co-sponsored by student services set up for April. The overall timeline for a campus starting from scratch would be 6 months. Overall steps and timeline will be as follows:

1. Project Pitched to the West Campus Branch Supervisor for approval [1 week].

2.Project Pitched to Director of Libraries located in Davenport for approval [2 weeks].

3. Library assistant will curate a list of mental health related books to add to the collection and present it to the Branch Manager for approval [3 weeks].

4. Request Books from development department at Main Campus who will order and catalog the books before sending them to us [4 weeks].

5. Library assistant will research possible workshops, seminars, and guest lectures to be scheduled and present them to Branch Manager for approval [3 weeks].

6. Branch Manager will schedule workshop, seminar, or guest lecture [1 week]. This step is repeatable every quarter.

7. Library assistant and Branch manager will create the new book display holding all resources [2 weeks].

8. Library assistant and Branch Manager will schedule any Library Loves You events for the quarter and create a list of supplies needed [1 week]. Those that can be purchased a head will be, otherwise a shopping trip will be planned for the week of the event.

9. Event Schedule will be created and posted in library and around campus as well as on the Library Instagram page [1 week].

10. Display will be put out along with schedule of events. Marketing will continue thought the duration of the campaign via promotional description below.

11. Mental Health is Health Campaign will run for one quarter, after which it will be evaluated based on the evaluation criteria.

11. Evaluation will be submitted to the Director of libraries.

Additional steps will be needed on campuses which do not already have a meditation room, an inspiration station, or an agreement to co-sponsor free yoga classes in the library. In these cases, 3 weeks will be needed to plan for the creation of a meditation room. If an unused room is available then 4 weeks will be needed to complete make over of the room, if not more time will be needed. It would take about 2 weeks to coordinate with the yoga club to offer free yoga classes in the library each week, if either campus does not have a yoga club, other arrangements will be discussed. An inspiration station would take about 2 weeks to create, with another week added to market it to students and staff to ask for donation to the space if necessary.

Staffing Considerations

This program does not need any addition staff. Overall, we are curating material that is related to mental health. As a library we are already set up for collection development and display making, tracking usage of rooms, sponsoring workshops and seminars, hosting or running events, and have the co-sponsoring club meetings and events with clubs.

Training

There is no special training that needs to be done in order to offer the services that the Mental Health is Health Campaign will offer. However, it would be beneficial for staff to take part in a suicide prevention training run by the county surrounding the school, have sexual assault awareness training (which most companies are required to offer by law), and look into other mental health training provided by the local resources that will be on display in the library.

Promotion and Marketing

As of now, our marketing consists of posting flyers around the library and campus, creating Instagram posts to remind students of events and other interesting services the library has to offer, and asking the West Campus Social media accounts to re-post the flyers. These events and services are for students, staff and faculty only which limits our marketing to channels specifically created for this community.

Evaluation

Evaluation Criteria will include:

1. Attendance to workshops, seminars, or lectures.

2. Use of meditation room, students are required to sign in to use the room therefore we can record how many students use the room throughout a given quarter.

3. Feedback from social media via comments, direct messages, reposts, and original posts including #palmerwestlibrary.

We also expect to receive verbal feedback from patrons and hope to find a way to incorporate that into our evaluation. In the past many students have made comments about their love for the inspiration station and the meditation room. This program is in place to improve the mental health of our students and there is no real way to measure how successful that is beyond having students tell us that they are happier or that they appreciate our support. We hope it will be reflected in the end of year surveys done by the school.

References

California Center for the books. (n.d.). Mental Health Initiative

California State Library. (n.d.). Mental Health Initiative

Center for Collegiate Mental Health. (2019). Center For Collegiate Mental Health 2019 Annual Report

Fargo, K. (2018). 13 Resources for Libraries That Are Serios About Promoting Health Literacy

Fernandez, M. (2019). Public Libraries are now mental helath resource centers

Fraga, J. (2016). Humanizing Homelessness at the San Francisco Public Library

Grohol, J.M. (2018). What is Good Mental Health

Hyun, J., Quinn, B., Madon, T., & Lustig, S. (2006). Graduate Student Mental Health: Needs Assessment and Utilization of Counseling Services. Journal of College Student Development, 47(3), 247-266.

Lipson, S.K., Abelson, S., Ceglarek, P., Philips, M. and Eisenberg, D. (2019). Investing in Student Mental Health: Opportunities and Benefits for College Leadership. American Council of Education. https://www.acenet.edu/Documents/Investing-in-Student-Mental-Health.pdf

Los Angeles Public Library. (n.d.). Coffee and Conversation

Maryville University. (n.d.). Mental Health Resources for College Students

Mcclintock, A. (2017). Beyond Books: how libraries can help meet health needs

Mental Health Foundation. (n.d.). How to look after your mental health

New York Public Library. (n.d.). Coffee and Connections

Pain, E. (2018). Graduate students need more mental health support, new study highlights. Science, Science, 03/07/2018.

Pain, E. (2018). Graduate students take charge on mental health care. Science, Science, 04/10/2018.

Pima County Public Library. (n.d.). Library Nurse

Psychology today. (2015). 9 ways You can Improve your Mental Health Toady

San Jose Public Library. (2019). SJ Engage: Mental Health

Santa Monica Public Library. (n.d.). Mental Health and You

Skwerski, J. (n.d.). The Public Library: A Good Home for Mental Health Literacy

Smith, M., Segal, R., Robinson, L. and Segal, J. (2019). Building Better Mental Health

Summerhurst, C., Wammes, M., Wrath, A., & Osuch, E. (2017). Youth Perspectives on the Mental Health Treatment Process: What Helps, What Hinders? Community Mental Health Journal, 53(1), 72-78.

Thromgorton, K. (2017). Mental Health First Aid

University Health Service, University of Michigan. (n.d.). Ten Things You can Do for Your Mental Health

Vantrease, S. (n.d.). Butte County Library Promotes Mental Health

Younghans, J. (2018). One in Five College Students Reported Thoughts of Suicide in Last Year. Association of American Universities. https://www.aau.edu/research-scholarship/featured-research-topics/one-five-college-students-reported-thoughts-suicide

Zakarian, C. (2019). May is Mental Health Awareness Month

2 thoughts on “Emerging Technology Planning – Mental Health is Health Campaign

  1. Hello Desiree,

    I am really impressed with your ideas here. I particularly like the Inspiration Station and The Library Loves You events. These seem like very good ways to connect with students without requiring a lot of funding or staff time. Having staff and students donate items to the Inspiration Station is a great idea. It would be nice if students could leave each other inspiring messages, and connect with each other that way. As for The Library Loves You events, there are so many different things the library could do. Since everyone knows animals reduce stress, I’m picturing a partnership with a local animal shelter so that students can pet cats and dogs. Maybe that’s not a great idea. But some people would like it.

    • Hey, having an event with the local pet shelter is an amazing idea. As of right now, our campus does a furry friend day during finals for students to interact with emotional support animals to help relieve stress but I think that would be a great addition to library services related to this campaign.

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