Mental Health Research Collection
at the Leominster Public Library

The Leominster Public Library, the May Institute, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of North Central Massachusetts (NAMI NCM) have partnered to develop a Mental Health Research Collection at the library.

The collection contains information about evidence-based practices for a wide variety of psychiatric disorders and mental health topics. “Evidence-based” means that the collection contains information about practices whose effectiveness has been established by sound research, and for which there is a demonstrated history of effectiveness.

Click here to search the library catalog for the titles that are included in the Mental Health Research Collection.

Initial funding for the Mental Health Research Collection was provided by a grant from the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System.


Websites for mental health information recommended by the Medical Library Association’s Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS):

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Mental Health Topics
This site provides information about the signs and symptoms, treatment and resources available for mental illnesses. Full text of booklets and pamphlets on mental illness can be downloaded or printed. The latest news on mental illness, help in locating services, a link to clinical trials and pre-formatted Medline searches for the latest information add to the usefulness of this site. While the site isn’t in Spanish, many of the booklets and pamphlets are available in Spanish and a link to information on MedlinePlus in Spanish is provided.

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – Resources for Families
http://www.aacap.org (click on Resources for Families)
Between 7 and 12 million American youth suffer from mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders at any given time. Families dealing with these issues will find an abundance of information here. Links take users to information on helping children cope with disasters, deal with pop culture, treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and understand psychiatric medications. A glossary of symptoms and mental illnesses, and information about finding psychiatrists and appropriate clinical trials are very useful, too.

Geriatric Mental Health Foundation
The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation was established by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry to raise awareness of psychiatric and mental health disorders affecting the elderly, eliminate the stigma of mental illness and treatment, promote healthy aging strategies, and increase access to quality mental health care for the elderly. Their website has mental health information for older adults and their families, information on finding a geriatric psychiatrist, and some fact sheets in Spanish.

Alzheimer’s Association
Information for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, caregivers and health professionals make this the comprehensive resource on Alzheimer’s Disease. Fact sheets, information on diagnosis and management, planning ahead, a glossary and information in Spanish, Korean and Chinese are also useful. Message boards and chat rooms provide support and additional information sharing.



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