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How to take care of your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak   -   March 22, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

Dr. Sosunmolu Shoyinka, Chief Medical Officer, City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) These are stressful and uncertain times. The evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic is very sudden and can be confusing. This may provoke anxiety for many people. Those with pre-existing anxiety and other mental health conditions may be […]

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Mental health and addiction services remain open in Philadelphia amid coronavirus restrictions

Philly Voice   -   March 18, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

Mental health and addiction services are still available for people who need them as the Philadelphia region combats the coronavirus pandemic. But they are operating with some minor adjustments. Some clinicians and programs, including Alcoholics Anonymous, have moved their services online as they employ the social distancing practices encouraged by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Read the entire […]

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New Philly work program offers alternative to panhandling

WHYY   -   February 10, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

Early morning lines are not uncommon in Kensington. Some are for hot breakfast. Others snake around the corner of a treatment center. This line is for work. It was just after 7 a.m. and almost 40 people were lined up outside Rock Ministries on Kensington Avenue. Some chatted quietly, while others pulled the drawstrings on […]

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Certified Peer Specialist Application Opens Jan. 6

December 1, 2019

Applications for the March 2020 period closed as of Jan. 24. Bookmark this page for our next sessions. Click for application form. Do you know someone who has a lived mental health experience and would be an excellent candidate for the Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) profession? Beginning Monday, Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 24, the […]

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Cedar Park: Library Hosts Discussion on Suicide Prevention in LGBTQ+ Community   -   November 15, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

At the Walnut West branch of the Free Library, several stereotypes were addressed as a crowd of just over a dozen people gathered to discuss the importance of mental health issues in the LGBTQ community, including the increased risk of suicide. The session promoted collaboration between those in attendance and the presenters. It also served […]

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Coming Home: Telling reentry stories through hip-hop and comedy   -   November 15, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Will Little walked on stage wearing an orange jumpsuit, hands held behind his back, head faced down. As he told his story of life in and out of prison, he unzipped, revealing another layer of clothes underneath the orange. “I did 10 years in the penitentiary. Anger, frustration, hurt, pain, guilt, then I decided to […]

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Homes are the best medicine | Editorial

Philadelphia Inquirer   -   October 21, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Philadelphia’s own Sister Mary Scullion, who knows as much about fighting homelessness as anyone, wasn’t surprised by a recent finding that 76% of people living on the street in Los Angeles also live with serious mental illness, addiction, or other conditions. Scullion, the cofounder of Philly’s Project HOME, estimates that about 90% of the 1,000 people living on the […]

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Suicide Prevention Week on Good Day Philadelphia

Fox 29   -   September 20, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

DBHIDS’ Andrea October, Clinical Project Manager for Health Promotions, appeared on Fox 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia” during Suicide Prevention Week to discuss the importance of self-care for those “doing the counseling” in the wake of the widely reported suicide of Penn’s director of counseling. Click to view the report and interview.

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Basketball league for homeless Philadelphians is helping many win on and off the court

KYW Newsradio   -   September 2, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

A unique basketball league is reaching out to homeless residents in Philadelphia to help them make life changing plays off the court, making a lot of progress in just a few months. “I just wanted to get to do a little exercise, lose some weight, and just have fun. That’s all I wanted to do, […]

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Inside the North Philly basketball league for homeless men: ‘It helps me to realize who I really am’

Philadelphia Inquirer   -   August 23, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

This basketball game began with a bucket, right off the tipoff, and then a matching bucket, and another bucket. Finally, somebody missed. Every Wednesday this summer, in a little gym just off a courtyard in the back of the historic Church of the Advocate at Diamond and Gratz Streets in North Philadelphia, there’s a men’s […]

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