Sacramento TV station WCVB reports that about 35 librarians in California have completed a course in how to respond to signs of mental illness or substance abuse. Many homeless people visit libraries to use computers and to read. Staff is learning how to respond to those in need and to offer assistance. Christine Hamm, Manager of Youth & Literacy Services, at the Sacramento Library says, “The public library is really the last safe public space, and so we are open to everybody.” The library hopes to have 50 staff members trained by the end of the year.
Supporting those in need of mental health counseling to literally navigate their way to a therapy session is an absolutely commendable activity. Bravo to Christine Hamm and Youth and Literacy Services/Sacramento Public Library for the good work they are engaging in.
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