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DBHIDS Statement on Fatal Shootings Near South Street

Unprecedented. Overwhelming. Heartbreaking.

The words are beginning to feel overused as shootings – some coordinated attacks, some sudden flares of gunfire – continue unabated in our streets, businesses, and schools.

This past weekend, three people lost their lives and 11 more were injured in a mass shooting near South and Second Streets. The senseless tragedy taking place in such a popular and familiar location is chilling.

The City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) recognizes that traumatic events such as these can have lasting and significant effects.

But please know that many may be feeling afraid or concerned right now. It’s OK to not be OK. You’re not alone. DBHIDS is here to help.

DBHIDS’ trauma support services, including the Network of Neighbors, and multiple community engagement programs and collaborations, can help you process the impacts of trauma and connect you with appropriate support. Click for details.

Children and parents can access multiple supports and services, including Student Assistance Programs, Children’s Crisis Response Centers, the Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services (PACTS), and more. Click for details.

In addition, SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, has developed a number of resources to help individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities cope with mass shootings. Click for details.

DBHIDS, along with the City of Philadelphia and our network of provider partners, have developed these supports and others to help people in need. Visit our Boost Your Mood page at DBHIDS.org/Boost for easy access to the above resources as well as additional tip sheets, phone numbers, expert advice, a free and anonymous self-assessment tool, and more. Or call member services at 888-545-2600 to be connected to support and treatment. Those in need of immediate support can always find help by calling the Philadelphia Crisis Line at 215-685-6440.

Thank you,

Jill Bowen, Ph.D.
DBHIDS Commissioner