Mental Health Awareness as Spring Quarter 2023 Winds Down

This blog post was written collaboratively by Grace Spiewak (Health Sciences Librarian) and Sue Shultz (Business and Social Sciences Librarian).

We are in the final weeks of spring quarter, and the excitement of change and transition is in the air. Students will soon be heading off in many different directions to family homes, vacations, internships, job searches, summer coursework, careers, and countless other destinations. As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, it is a good reminder that transitions, even while joyful, can create uncertainty and stress for some students.

Reading can be a great way to practice mental health, whether by learning about coping strategies or getting lost in a story. The Unwind the Mind collection contains many popular titles and bestsellers that can help you take care of your mind in this busy season.

You can browse the collections in-person at the John T. Richardson Library and Loop Library. Here are a few highlights from the collection that include themes of mental health and wellness:

Memphis: a novel by Tara M. Stringfellow

Through a story about three generations of a Southern Black Family, Tara M. Stringfellow’s characters experience issues around family dynamics, racism, relocation, and art as a therapeutic relief.

When Likes Aren’t Enough: A Crash Course in the Science of Happiness by Tim Bono

Psychologist Tim Bono discusses the science of happiness geared toward young adults living in the age of social media.

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

Former child actor Jennette McCurdy humorously writes about the painful relationship with her mother as well as her experience with eating disorders, addiction, and therapy.

How to Lose Everything: A Memoir by Christa Couture

Christa Couture describes her experiences with grief, hope, and resilience after going through an amputation, death of a child, and divorce.

A Little Life: a novel by Hanya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara’s novel about four classmates navigating new careers and lives in New York spans multiple decades and discusses addiction, childhood trauma, and the power of friendship.

As you explore the Unwind the Mind collection for books that will nourish your peace of mind, know that the DePaul University Library is also a physical space designed to serve many needs including academic endeavors, and importantly, friendly conversations and quiet reflection.

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