Seattle Public Library (The Seattle Public Library)

Log Number: CAGML-247285-OMLS-20

The current pandemic offers an opportunity for innovation and teen engagement with new formats that improve access to mental health resources. The Seattle Public Library will integrate co-design and the immersive technology of virtual reality (VR) to improve access to mental health resources for vulnerable youth. Co-design will empower library staff and teens to envision how VR experiences can help support long-term spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Teens and young adults will receive technology to develop content. To mitigate sanitation challenges presented by COVID-19, teens and young adults will receive technology to keep and hardware will not be shared among participants or library staff. Three library systems-Pacific Northwest urban Seattle Public Library, urban East Coast DC Public Library, and rural South Central Fayette Public Library Museum and Archive-will gather information about the variety of teen mental health needs in its communities and build a framework and set of resources that will succeed across different regions of the United States.