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Heat Safety eLearning Course and 2020 Policy/Resources Now Available

May 21, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

With summer heat upon us, a Heat Safety eLearning course, a Heat Safety Policy and Resources/Posters/Checklists are now available. We urge you to complete the course, use preventative measures, and educate program participants as quickly as possible, as heat waves earlier in the season often result in higher rates of mortality.  Please see instructions to create a DBHIDS Learning Hub account (non-DBHIDS employees).  […]

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Philadelphia expands coronavirus testing criteria, launches #mindPHL

6abc   -   May 7, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The City of Philadelphia announced a change to its testing criteria to include more people. Health Commissioner Doctor Tom Farley said on Monday that improvements in testing a lab’s abilities to process results are making this possible. Now, if you have symptoms, you can get tested regardless of how old you are […]

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‘MindPHL Together’: Philadelphia launches campaign to connect public with mental health resources

wHYY   -   May 7, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

The City of Brotherly Love seeks to live up to its name this Mental Health Awareness Month. Mayor Jim Kenney on Monday announced the launch of the city’s #MindPHL Together campaign (pronounced “mindful together”). The initiative — a collaboration between the city and Independence Blue Cross — aims to improve the community’s understanding of mental […]

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Coronavirus Mental Health: Philadelphia Launches ‘Mindful Together’ As Pandemic Has Spiked Stress, Anxiety

CBS3   -   May 7, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The COVID-19 pandemic has spiked stress and anxiety around the world. On Monday, Philadelphia launched a new campaign called “Mindful Together,” encouraging mental health awareness and for people to get help if needed. People are stressed like never before. Calls to one mental health crisis hotline are up 900%. Whether it’s fears […]

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DBHIDS Community Wellness Engagement Unit is Expanding

May 4, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

The DBHIDS Community Wellness Engagement Unit is looking for individuals with lived experience and experience with community engagement work who prioritize and promote wellness and recovery. We are hoping to hire a diverse and inclusive workforce as we expand our team. Click for details.

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City and Independence Blue Cross Launch #MindPHL Together Campaign to Connect Public to Mental Health Resources

May 4, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

Campaign Aims to Reduce Stigma, Encourage Philadelphians to Seek Help PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Jim Kenney announced today the launch of a new public awareness campaign in May which builds on national Mental Health Awareness Month. The #mindPHL Together campaign, sponsored by the City of Philadelphia and Independence Blue Cross, aims to: Bring an improved community […]

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‘The impact of the loss of human touch’: Philly-area suicide hotlines see an increase in calls related to coronavirus

April 15, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

When Gov. Tom Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for Philadelphia-area residents on March 23, Julie Peticca braced herself for a deluge of calls to the Montgomery County suicide prevention hotline. Peticca, the director of crisis intervention at Montgomery County Emergency Service Inc., knew that isolation could exacerbate mental health issues, especially for people with depression […]

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DBHIDS Public Statement on COVID-19 and the Asian Community

March 30, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

COVID-19 is a national public health threat to all people of every community, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or language capability. There have been reports nationally of individuals of Asian descent being targets of harassment because the virus is believed to have originated in China. The mission of the Department of Behavioral Health […]

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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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