Synapse

Mission

  • To readily connect our patrons and staff to information (both physical and digital) to educate and inform their optimal mental health.
  • To reduce stigma often associated with mental health issues so that our patrons and staff feel empowered to seek whatever help they need.
  • To be a bridge of information to our community partners, who can further assist with their expertise.

Vision

  • A community that feels more at ease discussing mental health as a part of their overall health, and has greatly freed itself of the stigma that surrounds mental health topics so that they feel ready to reach out for help and know that they are not alone.

Values

  • Diversity: We honor that everyone has their own story, and that one person’s mental health needs will be different from those of another. We strive to work across age groups, ethnicities, disability and socioeconomic status by working with affinity teams and service levels to best meet the needs of each group.
  • Inclusion: We include all in our mission to optimize mental health in our community.
  • Education: We strive to continue educating ourselves with the goal to connect patrons to mental health education and support.
  • Community: We are welcoming, open, and ready to connect our patrons with the information they need to maintain good mental health.

Mission

  • To readily connect our patrons and staff to information (both physical and digital) to educate and inform their optimal mental health.
  • To reduce stigma often associated with mental health issues so that our patrons and staff feel empowered to seek whatever help they need.
  • To be a bridge of information to our community partners, who can further assist with their expertise.

Vision

  • A community that feels more at ease discussing mental health as a part of their overall health, and has greatly freed itself of the stigma that surrounds mental health topics so that they feel ready to reach out for help and know that they are not alone.

Values

  • Diversity: We honor that everyone has their own story, and that one person’s mental health needs will be different from those of another. We strive to work across age groups, ethnicities, disability and socioeconomic status by working with affinity teams and service levels to best meet the needs of each group.
  • Inclusion: We include all in our mission to optimize mental health in our community.
  • Education: We strive to continue educating ourselves with the goal to connect patrons to mental health education and support.
  • Community: We are welcoming, open, and ready to connect our patrons with the information they need to maintain good mental health.

Synapse Picks

Synapse Team supports the community in mental wellness

Oct 26, 2022
PCPL has launched its newest affinity team. Synapse aims to create a community that feels at ease discussing mental health without stigma.

Stuck in a rut?

Learn how to appreciate your life again, according to science.

Your gut microbes may influence how you handle stress

Research demonstrates the brain and gut are in communication and that changes in the microbiome are linked to mood and mental health.

June is Men's Mental Health Awareness Month

This list contains content and/or library materials that cover mental health and wellness topics during Men's Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Learn more about BIPOC Mental Health and opportunities to share wisdom, bust myths, and learn coping mechanisms.

Mental Health Resources for the LGBTQ+ Community

Please seek advice or care from a mental health or health care professional for your unique situation or overall health.

Mental Health and Wellness: New Books for Teens

Please always seek advice or care from a mental health or health care professional to for your unique situation or overall health.

Mental Health and Wellness: New Nonfiction for Adults

Please always seek advice or care from a mental health or health care professional for your unique situation or overall health.

You are not alone.

No matter what your experience, depression is treatable. Visit Depression Looks Like Me for more information.

Find healthcare near you

LGBTQ+ patients deserve healthcare providers who they can be honest with. The LGBTQ+ Healthcare Director is a great resource to check out.

Mental Health and Wellness: New Books for Children & Tweens

We are not medical professionals, so please always seek advice or care from a mental health or health care professional.

‘Unhappy leave’ is a real thing

The idea of a mental health day started off as an informal concept… Is leave like this a good idea?

Teens say social media is stressing them out.

Teens and young adults may be the best source of advice and solutions. They are the experts of these apps — not their parents.

Synapse Streams for Mental Health Awareness Month

These fiction & nonfiction titles provide insight into the multi-faceted experiences of individuals experiencing mental health challenges.

Commitment to Underserved People Clinics Program

The University of Arizona offers a MIND clinic every Monday from 6 to 9 pm. Learn more on their website!

On therapy - a Q&A with Dr. Andy Bernstein

This interview was conducted by Hilary T., co-founding member of the Synapse Team.

Rainbow Reads Book Chat - July 2024

The Rainbow Reads Book Club recently met and discussed some of their favorite recent queer reads!

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E-Library highlight

Rainbow Reads Book Chat - July 2024

The Rainbow Reads Book Club recently met and discussed some of their favorite recent queer reads!

Sign up for Universal Class with your library card to take free online courses.

Step 1: Click on Universal Class on the left

Step 2: Create or sign-in to your account

Step 3: Try the courses below

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