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Recommended Reading: January
Highline College's librarians recommend materials from the library collection on a wide variety of topics.
January's recommended reading is all about mental health and wellness. As the winter sets in and gray skies can trigger the winter blues, it is a good time to engage with caring for our minds. Stress, trauma, mental illness, and oppression all play roles in our well-being. It can be difficult to talk about our mental health due to stigma, but these resources will help inform you about different aspects of mental illness, help you reflect on your own needs, and find stories to comfort an entertain this winter.
Sangu Delle: There's no shame in taking care of your mental health
King County provides publicly funded mental health services to low-income people in need. To find out if you qualify for King County Mental Health Services, see who they serve. Even if you do not qualify for our mental health services, you can find out about other low-cost mental health service providers.
Active Minds is a nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students. Through education, research, advocacy, and a focus on students and young adults ages 14–25, Active Minds is opening up the conversation about mental health and creating lasting change in the way mental health is talked about, cared for, and valued in the United States.
The Icarus Project is a support network and education project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We advance social justice by fostering mutual aid practices that reconnect healing and collective liberation. We transform ourselves through transforming the world around us.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
If you or someone you know is experiencing an acute mental health crisis, call the King County Crisis Connections 24 hour hotline at 866-427-4747. Over 400 trained volunteers and experienced staff provide support, resources, and training to people in King County.
Enrolled and registered students may use the services of the Counseling Center free of charge.
Examples of what students seek counselor for:
-Adapting to a new culture or environment
-Depression and sadness
-Relationship and intimacy issues
-Getting connected to resources in the community and campus