“Mental health conditions are all around us and among us. By knowing more about them, we can encourage each other to speak up and build better lives” (National Alliance on Mental Illness). One in five teens lives with a mental health condition, less than half of youth with mental health conditions receive treatment, and suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth and young adults. Henrico County Public Library is joining with Henrico Mental Health and numerous other organizations this September to raise awareness during National Suicide Prevention Month.
Teen librarians are a great resource for information. Check out our Self-Care book list and additional resources from our teen webpage.
Statistics do not capture the pain and isolation experienced by those living with mental health conditions. If you, a family member, friend, or classmate are in need of support, please speak out. You are not alone. One Henrico teen said this about his struggle to get help, after he tried to commit suicide:
“It would only matter to me, because only I felt this way. I didn’t know that other people felt the same way. Not everything can be done by yourself. You can have help if you need it.” (source: NBC)
In an emergency, call the Henrico County Mental Health + Substance Abuse Crisis Line at (804) 727-8484. Or, text HOME to 741741 to chat with a trained Crisis Counselor about any type of crisis.
Happy first day of school everyone! The first day of school is also the first day of Read + Review – so you can start earning community service hours for submitting your reviews of our New YA books.
Visit our Read + Review page to learn more, and check out our handy guide to getting awarded the maximum two hours service credit for your reviews below.
Happy reading from your HCPL Teen Librarians!
Looking for a way to build your portfolio? Help us Build a Better Website this summer by creating original artwork for hcplteenscene.org! We will accept original artwork ranging in size from 4″ x 6″ to 8.5″ x 14″. Submissions will be accepted all summer long! Click here to download contest guidelines and an entry form, and read on for more info about submitting art and prizes for contest winners – you could win a $100 Barnes and Noble gift card!
We’re looking for artwork to help us BUILD A BETTER Teen Scene website!
Create a work that captures the awesomeness of being a teen in Henrico. The winning design will be featured prominently on hcplteenscene.org. Entries will be accepted at any Henrico County Public Library location between Thursday June 1 and Thursday, August 31, 2017 – or you may send a digital copy to email@example.com
What types of artwork are eligible?
Entries should be at least 4” x 6” and no larger than 8 ½” x 14”. Entries are the property of HCPL and will not be returned.
All designs must be the original work of the entrant.
Designs should be in color. Computer-generated images may be used, but all components must be completely original. You may not use any copied images
Entries are limited to two (2) original pieces, digital art, or scanned art per student with a completed entry form attached to each; no staples please.
What are the awards?
Prizes are sponsored by the Friends of Henrico County Public Library.
First prize: $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
Second prize: $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
Honorable mention: $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
Who can enter?
This contest is open to students in grades 6-12 (or equivalent) who are Henrico County residents, or students who hold a Henrico County Public Library card.
Are there Different Entry and Prize Categories by Age?
No. All entrants must be entering grades 6-12 (or equivalent) at the time of submission.
Congratulations to Quinn C., grade 8, at Libbie Mill Library! Quinn’s Free Verse was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Poetry Writing Contest winner. Quinn will receive a copy of The Daily Poet by Kelli Agodon & Martha Silano.
Week 7 Poem Type:
Quinn’s Winning Poem:
War never changes.
I wake up to smell the fresh air.
But all I smell is War.
I read the paper
and all I see is War.
I walk my dog around the block
and all I hear is War.
I go to work
and all I feel is War.
I go to Bed.
and I dream about War.
Then I wake up.
Over and over and over.
I pray for it to stop.
But it never ends.
All I know is War.
War never changes.