Program offers free mental health counseling at Eugene Library

The Eugene Library downtown (SBG/File)

EUGENE, Ore.- The White Bird Clinic is partnering with the Eugene Public Library to offer free counseling services throughout the week.

White Bird Counselor Alese Colehour says anyone can walk in and sit down for a free appointment at the library, whether someone is having a mental health crisis, or they just need someone to talk to.

Two White Bird counselors will be on the 3rd floor of the library Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

"Doing this work at the library is about being a good citizen of Eugene, and showing Eugene that in this town, we like to take care of each other," Colehour says.

Counselors will provide emotional support and information about local mental health services.

Colehour says White Bird wanted to bring counselors to the Eugene Library because it's a central, safe space that many people can easily access.

"Getting mental health support in a safe, welcoming, accessible environment is a strong value for the City of Eugene and Eugene Public Library," Eugene Library Customer Experience Manager LaVena Nohrenberg says.

The new program is supported by a one year grant from Lane County.

Colehour says if the counseling service is successful, they could receive funding to continue past 2018.

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