It is estimated that one in five American adults experienced a mental health issue, and that one in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression. The APL offers many resources, including books, documentaries, and online databases, to help educate the public on mental health concerns and to highlight common issues, which in many cases, respond well to early intervention and treatment.
There is a great deal of stigma surrounding mental health, the APL wants to open a dialogue by providing information about mental health, and the stories of people touched by this type of health challenge.
There are books in the Main Lobby on a variety of mental health topics and there are memoirs and biographies on the topic on the 2nd floor near the Fiction collection. The Marble Lobby on the 2nd floor has a display with honest and current information about mental health from Mental Health America, as well as the NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.