Loudoun County, Va. (May 2, 2015) – Programs to inspire, inform and encourage dialogue will highlight Mental Health Awareness Month during May at the Loudoun County Public Library.
Author Pete Earley will discuss his new book, Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness, written with Jessie Close, on Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at the Cascades Library. The book chronicles the journey of Jessie and sister Glenn Close through childhood and a diagnosis of mental illness. Earley is a New York Times bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and well-known advocate for mental health reform. A book sale and signing will follow his presentation.
Other Mental Health Awareness Month events include:
- “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” with students from The Birds of a Feather School, who will reveal how the creative process brings joy and healing. Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m., Purcellville Library.
- “In Our Own Voice” features two adults living with a mental health condition, sharing their inspiring personal stories toward recovery. Tuesday, May 5, 7 p.m. at Rust Library and Wednesday, May 20, 7 p.m. at Cascades Library.
- Tisa Kerby-Daniels, LICSW, will discuss the signs, symptoms and support resources available for postpartum depression. Tuesday, May 12, 7 p.m., Cascades Library.
- Families can explore Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and learn to deal with emotions using yoga poses, meditation and breathing during “Family Yoga Storytime.” Tuesday, May 12, 7 p.m., Sterling Library.
- Learn how the Loudoun Wraparound Program/ Programa de Ayuda Integral helps families with a family driven, team approach presented by members of the Loudoun County Community Services Board. Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m., Sterling Library (program in Spanish) and Monday, May 18, 7 p.m., Cascades Library (program in English).
- Discover how to recognize symptoms and indicators of mental illness and learn how to help those in need of support during “Ending the Silence,” Tuesday, May 19, 7 p.m., Gum Spring Library.
- “This is My Brave” is an inspiring collection of personal experiences shared through essays, original music, and poetry performed by individuals living with, or loving someone with, a mental illness.Thursday, May 28, 6:30 p.m., Cascades Library.
Friends of Loudoun Mental Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness are partners with LCPL for the May programs. For more information, visit any branch location or the library website at library.loudoun.gov.