Athens-Clarke County now has one of the first “trauma-informed” libraries in the country, where employees are trained to recognize patrons who need help and direct them to services.
“Athens is a remarkable city, yet it also faces extraordinary disparities and social risk factors,” says program coordinator Caroline Sharkey. The ACC Library is a hub of activity at any given moment, buzzing with individuals from all walks of life, seeking the library and its resources for any number of reasons. About 350,000 people a year come through its doors.
“The ACC Library is pivotal in helping to bridge the myriad of resources available to people, and now it can help connect people to another arena of social resources,” Sharkey says. “TILT is helping to bring attention to ways that organizations that are not typically associated with behavioral and mental health can incorporate a new awareness to improve services.”
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