Journeys and Stories of Mental Health Brought to you by the UCLA Powell Library Community Collections

This Powell Community Collections Spotlight showcases a diverse set of library, campus, and other resources available to members of the UCLA community regarding mental health. The Collection explores mental health issues and topics by highlighting different voices, stories, and mediums.

This collection contains content and materials that may be triggering.

The Powell Library Community Collections are designed to support and promote student intellectual growth, health and well-being, and creativity. Reflecting the diversity of the student population, the collections aim to foster curiosity about the world and empathy for others, while nurturing lifelong reading habits.

The print books featured in Spotlight are accessible via the UCLA Library’s Page & Pickup service. While print collections remain closed to browsing, UCLA students, faculty, and staff may reserve study space at the Research Library or Biomedical Library buildings.

Stories of Mental Illness

Explore stories that highlight different experiences with mental health and mental illness. CW: these stories deal with content related to mental illness and engage with topics of depression, anxiety, abuse, addiction, racism, homophobia, self-harm/suicide, and death.

From UCLA Library print collections

From UCLA Library online collections

Get Lost in a Book

Reading is a great way to unwind, disconnect, and destress. Check out some Science Fiction, Fiction, and Fantasy stories that will allow you to escape to another time and place.

From UCLA Library print collections

From UCLA Library online collections

Healthy Meals for a Healthy Mind

Healthy and yummy food is a great way to boost both your mental and physical health! These cookbooks have recipes for a variety of budgets, skill levels, and diets and they are all available through the UCLA Library. Bon Appetit!

From UCLA Library print collections

From UCLA Library online collections

Navigating Your Career Journey

Discover titles on career development with tips and guidance to help you through the processes of preparing, entering, and navigating the professional world!

From UCLA Library print collections

From UCLA Library online collections

Mental Health Resources

There are a wide range of resources and services available to members of the UCLA community. Whether you are are in need of immediate support, are looking for tips to manage stress, or simply want to bring in some extra joy, these resources are a great place to start!

Programs and Services at UCLA

  • CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services): student mental health center offering counseling and therapy
  • RISE Center: holistic wellness center offering a wide variety of programs, live events, and resources
  • Recreation Center: offers fitness and hobby programs free for students
  • Basic Needs Services: UCLA has a range of programs available to support students in meeting basic needs such as housing, food, and transportation
  • Mental Health Care Package: this free downloadable packet has tips and strategies for students managing mental health during COVID-19 and issues of racial injustice

Crisis Resources: If you or someone you know is in crisis, please utilize the resources below

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24 hours): (800) 273-TALK (8255) or chat online
  • Crisis Text Line (24 hours): Text 741-741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
  • UCLA Crisis Resource Page

Organizations in greater Los Angeles with Mental Health Services

The Community Collections are housed in the Main Reading Room of the Powell Library. Print and online titles are selected by library staff through recommendations and requests from the UCLA community.

This collection spotlight was created by Dana Laderer and Kate Pham in support of the Powell Library Community Collections team and rotates to a new theme quarterly. The spotlights are intended to showcase titles at the UCLA Library and engage our user community. Please contact us with questions, remarks, or collection suggestions at powellcollections@library.ucla.edu!


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