San Diego librarians undergo ‘Mental Health First Aid’ training

From 10 News San Diego

” The job description of a librarian goes far beyond recommending books and organizing shelves — they’re often the first responders when someone needs help in the library.”I think there’s a misperception of what librarians would be. Everybody has a bun in their hair and a pocket pen protector,” said Joe Miesner, access services librarian at San Diego Central Library.Miesner has been working at San Diego libraries for 26 years. He and his colleagues say they got into the field to help the community.”We’re a great community link where everybody is welcome,” said Miesner.Most of the librarians have been trained in traditional first aid, but they will soon learn how to address the hidden wounds.Staff with the San Diego Public Library are taking part in the Mental Health First Aid course, learning skills to provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health issue or substance abuse problem or experiencing a crisis.”

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