the Dragon: The Mind-Body Connection in Healing
Moderator: Marcia M. Thomas, Library Director, Ruth R. Cleveland Memorial Library, Cleveland Chiropractic College, Kansas City, MO
the Dragon: Alternative and Complementary Medicine Resources, Past, Present,
and Future-the Public's Desire to Know and its Impact upon the New York
Academy of Medicine.
Full Circle: Mind-Body to Body-Mind
Mental Health Special Interest Group Informal Meeting
Everybody present introduced themselves stating their names and their institutional affiliations. There were 21 present at the meeting.
III. BRIEF ANNUAL REPORT OF MH SIG ACTIVITY:
Rebecca Abromitis and Carmen
Bou Rivera informed the group of MH SIG activities throughout the year.
We communicated through the MHLIB listserv on several issues. One of these
was deciding whether both mental health librarian groups (Association
of Mental Health Librarians and MLA MH SIG) would meet together instead
of separately. AMHL decided that they would continue to meet separately
from the MLA MH SIG.
To promote attendance we advertised through MHLIB and MedLib-l listservers, distributed flyers following the Janet Doe Lecture and before the Awards luncheon, posted signs on the MLA bulletin board, placed flyers on the Section Council Table, and placed an announcement in the daily conference newsletter (ROAR).
IV. DEVELOP STATEMENT OF MH SIG PURPOSE, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES
In order to facilitate the development of our goals and objectives, we provided handouts with samples of other SIGs' "Purpose, Goals, and Objectives". With the help of all present, we prepared a draft of the MH SIG Purpose, Goals, and Objectives (see Home page). Also, it was suggested that we look at the former Mental Health Section Goals, which are found in the binders that contain Section business. It was reported that two former Section Presidents were contacted (Pauline Kruk and John Clark) but the binders have not been located.
V. CO-SPONSORING MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMMING FOR MLA 2001
The group proposed topics of interest for future MLA programming. Among them: (1) evolution of the ethics of mental health services (resources to address types of ethical issues you confront in your work and resources to help health care professionals with ethical issues); (2) alternative therapies in mental health; (3) issues of social support for caregivers who deal with mental health patients; (4) stress management; (5) discontent among employees working in the mental health field; (6) addressing the stigma of addictions and mental disorders; (7) how to interact with people with some form of mental illness--learn a life skills as well as a professional skill; and (8) issues for consumer mental health collections, i.e. librarians' awareness of the emotional development of patients/patrons when recommending resources (recently diagnosed patients' needs; dealing with mental health survivors, etc.)
VI. WEB PAGE DEVELOPMENT
The group expressed interest in developing a Web Page for the MLA MH SIG. Everyone present agreed that we should have one. Suggestions for content areas included: Goals and objectives, video reviews, and relevant links. We asked for volunteers to help develop the Web page and Carmen Bou Rivera volunteered to do it.
VII. SELECTION OF MH SIG CONVENER FOR MLA 2001
Rebecca Abromitis and Carmen Bou Rivera volunteered to be co-conveners for a second year.
VIII. UPCOMING ASSOCIATION OF MENTAL HEALTH LIBRARIANS (AMHL) MEETING, SEPTEMBER 22-24, 2000 IN PITTSBURGH, PA.
Bruce Gardham, President, AMHL, spoke briefly about the meeting.
IX. NATIONAL ELECTRONIC LIBRARY FOR MENTAL HEALTH (NeLMH)
Our special presentation followed. Karin Dearness and Andre Tomlin, from the Centre for Evidence-Based Mental Health at the University of Oxford, U.K., discussed the aims, current status, and future development of the NeLMH and did a visual presentation of this interesting Internet site located at http://www.nelmh.org.
X. DINNER FOLLOWING MEETING AT LOCAL RESTAURANT
The group went to dinner as a group to have an opportunity to get to know each other better and share ideas in an informal manner.