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May is Mental Health Awareness Month; DBHIDS is Here to Help

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: May 2, 2022
Contact: Christina Crews, Christina.Crews@phila.gov

May 1 marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Month – a time that reminds us to take stock of our own mental wellbeing, as well as the mental wellbeing of those around us.

The prolonged trauma brought on by COVID – including isolation and fear for our physical health – combined with ongoing racial and economic disparities inherent in our system, as well as gun violence, have tremendously impacted behavioral wellness for the people of Philadelphia.

Through a vast network of community-based providers, the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) ensures evidence-based best-practice treatments for trauma are available for individuals, families, and communities. Call 888-545-2600 to speak with a compassionate professional who will listen and connect you to services. If you are experiencing a behavioral health crisis, call the Philadelphia Crisis Line at 215-685-6440.

DBHIDS also is working to blanket the city with trauma supports by integrating and coordinating our many trauma programs and services into a continuum.

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Mental Health Monday Audio Recordings

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, DBHIDS renewed its partnership with Radio One to host Mental Health Mondays on May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. The Mental Health Monday segments will air on 100.3 the Beat and/or Classix 107.9 covering a wide range of topics with experts and people with lived experience.

The segments and additional promotions on Radio One will encourage listeners to visit DBHIDS.org/boost for wellness tips, emergency and non-emergency mental health phone numbers for children, adults, families, and communities, expert blogs, a free mental health self-screening, an extensive packet of downloadable information, and newly added resources to help address trauma and violence.