Feedback on Training Needs Sought through Survey on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Topics

The Continuing Education and Consulting Team at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is gathering information on current practices and issues surrounding accessibility, inclusion, equity, diversity, mental health, and social justice topics in Texas public libraries. We will be developing training opportunities and resources library staff can use. Please help us inform our next year of training by completing our TSLAC Training Survey Related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Topics. Your input is valued and greatly appreciated.

Here is a direct link to the survey:

The survey closes on Friday, October 9, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. CDT. All library staff are invited to take the survey; please share this survey within your Texas library networks.

If you have questions, please contact Laura Tadena, TSLAC’s Equity and Inclusion Consultant, at

Free Mental Health First Aid Training for Texas Public Library Staff – Adult and Youth Sessions Begin March 3

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has partnered with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center (Hill Country MHDD) to provide free Mental Health First Aid training for Texas library staff, board members, and volunteers. Training sessions begin March 3 and currently run through April 30, 2020. Registration is now open.

Just as CPR can help save someone who is having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training (MHFA) can help someone who might be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Why is MHFA important?
Mental illness is common. Approximately 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness and 50% of mental health issues can be identified by age 14.

Who should take MHFA?
Anyone who wants to help someone in crisis. Texas public library staff can make a difference in the lives of library patrons and coworkers by taking MHFA.

Those who regularly interact with adults should take Mental Health First Aid for Adults. Those who regularly interact with youth should take Youth Mental Health First Aid. Those who regularly interact with both groups should consider taking both classes.

What will you learn by taking MHFA?

Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach people how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

For more information and to register, please visit: Mental Health First Aid for Texas Public Libraries.

Questions? Please contact or please call Naomi DiTullio at 1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas).