Inform, Encourage, Provide: Steps We Can Take to Help Our Youth

By Lawrence A. Real, MD
Chief Medical Officer,

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and as we celebrate recovery, we strive to increase awareness and work to end stigma around mental health. Through the offering of comprehensive services, resources, and access to behavioral healthcare, we have a strong commitment to helping youth, adults, and families in greatest need, especially as the rates of reported mental health challenges continue to rise, especially among our youth.

Last week was National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and now, more than ever, it’s critical that we all take some time to pay attention to the emotional health and well-being of our children.

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Mind Your Holidays

Mind Your Holidays

As the holidays approach, we know that it could be a difficult time for some people. From the loss of a loved one to the loss of a job, celebrating the beauty of the holidays might not be as easy for some as it is for others. That’s why Health Promotion is launching a new awareness campaign, Mind Your Holidays, and we are asking YOU to pledge to check in on yourself and others! This initiative is designed to encourage people to take the time to check-in on those around them who might be facing difficulties during the holiday season, as well as get a “Check-Up from the Neck Up” for themselves, so that together we can stay well and beat the holiday blues.

Learn more and take the pledge!

National Depression Screening Day

National Depression Screening Day

You keep tabs on your blood pressure, weight, and cholesterol. Why not your emotional well-being? We all could use a check-up from the neck up! That’s why we bring mental health screenings to the community.

We believe in a healthy Philadelphia for everyone. EVERYONE! That means maintaining all types of health—including mental health. And we believe that the best way to promote healthy minds is to encourage all Philadelphians to check in with their feelings from time to time.

National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) is an event we host every year to shatter stigma through encouraging dialogue about mental health and connections to behavioral health resources.

To learn more, please visit the National Depression Screening Day Page on, complete with a map showing all the places where you can get a Checkup from the Neck Up!

Healthy Minds Philly

Healthy Minds Philly

A website with your health in mind. is an online tool and resource to support and improve the mental health and well-being of all Philadelphians. DBHIDS has combined its behavioral health care and intellectual disability services into one complete system as part of its public health strategy and approach.

DBHIDS employees embrace a vision of recovery, resilience, and self-determination. We continue to move to a model of care led by the person in recovery. In this model, professional treatment is one aspect among many that supports people in taking care of their own conditions while building their own recovery resources. This recovery process should be viewed as a lifetime journey. seeks to help others, help themselves in order to achieve this goal.

DBHIDS has partnered with Screening for Mental Health Inc. (SMH) to offer a virtual resource featured on designed to provide awareness and education on behavioral health issues and to offer helpful information. This online screening tool is quick, free and anonymous so Philadelphians can find out about their own mental and emotional well-being. Take a “check-up from the neck up” today.

Visit for more information.

For additional information contact, or call 215-790-4996.

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