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June 22, 2009

Mental health resource library for parents and teens now available
New Glasgow, NS – Parents and teens searching for information on mental health issues will now be able to access new books and online resources at their local branch of the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library.

Through a generous contribution by the Aberdeen Health Foundation’s Sandbar Mental Health Endowment Fund, and with assistance from the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, the Pictou County Health Authority’s Mental Health Services purchased 100 new books. 

Recognizing that a typical child and adolescent mental health program lacks the resources and expertise to screen, purchase and make available the range of books and videos needed to provide clients and parents with the information they seek, McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton has developed resource lists to address this information gap.

The books purchased by the Pictou County Health Authority have been screened through the McMaster program, thereby avoiding the time consuming screening and viewing process.

“It is so important that our young clients and their parents have access to the best information available on mental health.  This new community resource empowers families and builds community partnerships,” said Pat Lee, chief executive officer of the Pictou County Health Authority.

The new books are grouped according to 17 topics such as anxiety disorder, depression or autism.  Resource lists are made available to families at the time of diagnosis.

“Regional Library staff are very pleased to be able to add these resources to our library collections.   We know that they will be well used by the borrowing public,” said Fred Popowich, Deputy Chief Librarian of the regional library.

For further information on the new mental health resources contact any branch of the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library.

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Media contact: Eileen MacIsaac
                             Public Relations
                             752-7600, ext. 1124
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