Mental Health Resources for Librarians

August 6, 2024
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Recent survey data shows that Indiana libraries lack the presence of full-time social workers and high-impact partnerships with local agencies who provide such services. We recognize that providing patrons with adequate social work services is crucial to a positive library experience.

This webinar, co-sponsored by the Indiana Library Federation Mental Health Taskforce and the Indiana State Library, will feature a panel of full-time library social workers and library representatives whose libraries have developed strategic partnerships with local agencies to improve services for their patrons.

Join us to hear more about how your library can adopt a similar approach for your patrons. Register for this event by clicking the below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking HERE.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Indiana Library Federation has partnered with Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI) in order to bring mental health resources to the Indiana library community. This partnership resulted from issues brought forth to the ILF Advocacy Committee in 2023. As the Committee became aware of the issues many libraries and library staff are facing, ILF formed a strategic relationship with MHAI and created a taskforce that can better address the many mental health issues that we see everyday in libraries throughout the state. We believe MHAI provides an excellent framework to provide support for librarians across the state. 

In ILF's partnership with the Emberwood Center, these resources are available to librarians:

  • Telehealth therapy, peer recovery support, and skills training/emotional support sessions for individuals AND for your libraries
  • Emotional support and skills training groups with any focus (e.g. the effects of trauma, understanding mental health issues, healthy communication/relationships/coping skills/substance use) - psychoeducational or therapeutic
  • Therapy and psychoeducation groups to address any mental health issues or substance use and gambling

Mental Health America of Indiana Resources


MHAI is broken down into these core pillars available to residents:

  • Crisis Services - BeWell Crisis Helpline and 988 Call Center
  • Treatment/Counseling
    • Certified by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and Indiana’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction, EmberWood Center delivers the highest quality services available utilizing evidence­ based practices to ensure the most effective and efficient approach in assisting individuals and families on their path to recovery. 
  • Recovery
    • Recovery for all from mental illness and substance use is the overarching goal for MHAI. We take a recovery-oriented approach by connecting communities to resources, increasing the amount of peer supports in Indiana, and promoting collaboration within the recovery community.
  • Prevention
    • Early identification is the first step in prevention. Mental Health America of Indiana advocates for mental health screenings in an effort to recognize the first symptoms of onset mental health conditions and illness.
    • Click here for a MHA self-assessment screening tool
  • Forensic Services
    • Provide new programming, technical assistance and support, access to treatment and resources, as well as advocating for key policies that can have an impact on how people experience the justice system.
  • Education and Credentialing
    • They provide addiction professional testing to advance credentialing and training in substance use disorder prevention and treatment. MHAI also credentials recovery residences in Indiana through certification to ensure quality of service.
  • Advocacy
  • Grants
    • Click the link to learn more about the Vitality Grant program, which offers Indianapolis-based organizations the opportunity to request funding for projects/programs focused on juvenile justice and mental health systems reform. 


If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact us via email