Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed blog posts in support of #LISMentalHealth Week. I know it isn’t easy to disclose mental illness or to talk openly about our mental health struggles, so I don’t take your participation lightly. The week was successful because of your contributions, and though you may never know it, you’ve helped so many people by being willing to come forward.
The posts here are in no particular order.
- Danelle Orange, Crazy Pants in the Archives
- Emily Lloyd, How Your Depressed Partner Feels
- Becky Yoose, Employee Assistance Program Primer
- Emily Drabinski, Keeping Our Own Time
So if burnout is a response to an absence of meaning, meaning-making seems like the solution. I was asked recently to give three! top! tips! for new librarians (always this field with the top tips!), and that was my first one: find something inside the field that matters, and then do your best to set your watch by it. Mine could do with a little rewinding right now. How about yours?
- Emily Lloyd/Shelf Check – Two comics on the subject of LIS Mental Health
- Meredith Farkas, Playing the Super-productive Librarian
To those who aren’t depressed, you should know that people manifest depression in many different ways. Not everyone fits the stereotype of the weepy zombie who can’t get out of bed. Depression can look like anger, insecurity, numbness, overcompensation, extreme sadness, etc. We all cope (or try to cope) with it in our own ways.
- Jakob VanLammeren, Please Turn the Lights Down, They Are Too Loud
- Lisa Rabey, Mental Illness, Shame, and the Art of Asking, 2016 Edition
- Jessica Olin, Emotional Labor and Mental Health in the Library
- Anna Mattonen, My Own Take on #LISMentalHealth Week
- Siobhan Britton, Work Makes Me Sick?
- Allana Mayer, On Grief, Affect, and Performativity
- Coral Sheldon-Hess, Winter
- Jane Schmidt, On Being Good Enough
I am an atheist, but there is one thing that I read almost daily as though it were doctrine, and that is Desiderata. I have a very old framed copy of it that I inherited from my Aunt Jane. She obtained it on one of her adventures through North Africa in the ’60s. It’s hung in my hall and I read it while I brush my teeth. While I find solace in most of it, there are some passages that help me in my professional life, and I share these now for #lismentalhealth week.
- Charlotte Stirling, Mental Health and Writing (Submitted by @thepinkwriter)
- Danielle Masterson, Anxiety, Me and Fangirl (Submitted by @variouspagings)
- Ruby Warren, Tips for Being Functional
We get way high on what we do in libraries, and libraries are way cool, but ten people being annoyed because I forgot to change a font colour is not the town mob that my anxiety is making it out to be. Sometimes, when I’m stressed out over a new project and feel like a fraud or whatever, I like to sit and imagine a world where no one did my job. Things would be worse, granted, but… the world would keep going. My university would keep going. My library would keep going. And that’s ultimately super friggin freeing. Because the worst case scenario is that someone does nothing, and even then nobody’s going to die or truly suffer for it. And even at my super depressed-est, even I have to acknowledge that I can totally do better than a non-existent person doing nothing.
- Lisa Rabey, Crazy – The Jane Austen Edition
Everything changes. Nothing changes. I will deal with this for the rest of my life.