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This October we are talking Mental Health Month with an emphasis on the concept of resilience. This awareness month encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not.

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Connect, learn and be inspired by these free resources available on shelf or online through the library’s collections.

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Suggested reading


These free films can be streamed online through Kanopy using your Willoughby Library card.

Suggested viewing

Why Zebras don’t get ulcers

Tackling the serious topic of stress in his famously entertaining manner, Professor Sapolsky sets the stage on a Kenyan savannah, with a hungry lion in hot pursuit of a terrified zebra. As he explains, the zebra's fight-or-flight response channels essential energy to its survival effort by shutting down and even damaging nonessential biological functions - in a temporary, short-term response. Unfortunately, humans can generate the same response simply by anticipating stress…

The Mindfulness movie

A fun and educational journey showcasing the worldwide brain research proving the benefits of mindfulness and the public's increasing awareness and acceptance of the practice. Neuroscientists now tell us that the practice of mindfulness literally changes the brain in positive ways. And it's as simple as paying attention!

Mind my mind 

Chris, an autistic young man who camouflages his obsession with dive bombers, gets by with the help of Hans, the little guy who lives in his head and translates Chris's social scripts for him. When zoologist Gwen invites Chris to meet her favourite chameleon, Chris and Hans move expeditiously ahead with a flirt script... but then the chameleon dies and Gwen needs Chris to go off script. Nominated for Best Animated Short at the Tribeca Film Festival.


Crazy... or wise? Indigenous cultures address "mental illnesses" quite differently from western societies. Are symptoms a 'calling' to grow or just a 'broken brain'? The documentary Crazywise explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.

People say I’m crazy

People say I'm crazy is the only film about schizophrenia ever made by someone with schizophrenia. Mental illness is viewed from the inside out as the audience becomes witness to a first-hand account of the symptoms of schizophrenia and the disease's effect on one man and his family. This has been hailed as a unique, powerful, and ultimately optimistic statement on coping with schizophrenia, challenging stereotypes and humanizing an often misunderstood illness.

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