Explore Mental Health at Free B. PHL Innovation Fest

The second year of the B. PHL Innovation Fest is being held September 15-17 as a celebration of inspiration, connection, and innovation. With a focus on supporting COVID-19 recovery efforts, B. PHL will highlight innovative ways to kickstart the economy and help the Philadelphia region safely get back on its feet.

Several of the more than 75 scheduled sessions (and more being added daily!) of the free virtual festival will focus on mental health, including:

  • Sept. 15, 5-6 p.m., Lightning Talk Series: Greener for Good: Community leaders from Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Overbrook Environmental Education Center and Greensgrow Farms will discuss the positive impacts of cleaning and greening vacant lots in urban neighborhoods, how COVID-19 has amplified the importance of having a clean and safe space outdoors, and what other cities throughout the country can do to revitalize their own neighborhoods.
  • Sept. 15, 6-7 p.m., Music and Mental Health: How a Melody Can Ignite and Inspire Change: A panel of diverse voices across the music industry will speak candidly about a variety of issues relevant to today, including how the power of music can help people struggling with mental health to find inspiration and inspire change.
  • Sept. 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mindfulness Over Matter: In this workshop, Rana Walker, M.Ed., an Emmy-award-winning life coach, mental health therapist, writer, producer, and Yoga and Mindfulness teacher will demonstrate how to use mindfulness techniques to promote overall well being, reduce stress, and teach you how to release emotional wounds so that you can live free.
  • Sept. 16, 1-2 p.m., The Health of Millennials: A third of millennials have health conditions that reduce their quality of life and life expectancy, according to a 2019 study of medical claims by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index. Join us to learn more about the breadth and depth of health challenges facing the millennial generation, including mental health, and hear from Philadelphia millennial civic leaders about how these issues are impacting local communities.
  • Sept. 16, 4:30-5 p.m., Above – a short film presented by the 5 Shorts Project: Above is the first short film from B. PHL co-founder, Dan Whitzer, and his filming partner, Alec Pezzano. The film is a metaphor for mental health and the internal battles we face everyday. The idea for the film came from the struggles Dan faces with his own mental health issues, battling with negative thoughts about himself, work, and life on a daily basis.
  • Sept. 17, 12-1 p.m.: The Well City Challenge: Stimulating Inclusive Civic Innovation: Research shows that millennials suffer from more health challenges than previous generations. That’s why the Economy League and Independence Blue Cross are combining forces to launch the Well City Challenge—a citywide social impact launchpad that will engage and support community entrepreneurs who have promising ideas for addressing millennial health challenges in communities across Philadelphia. Attendees will gain insight on the evolution of inclusive civic innovation in Philadelphia and learn how to apply to the Well City Challenge for a chance at $50,000 and extensive coaching to support their ideas for innovative social ventures!
  • Sept. 17, 5-6 p.m., Supporting Employee Mental Health: In this engaging conversation moderated by Philadelphia Magazine’s Queen Muse, Kevin Mahoney, CEO, Penn Medicine; Varun Choudhary, National Behavior Health Chief Medical Officer, Magellan Health; Cecilia Livesey, Chief of Integrated Services, Penn Medicine; and Kelly Greenwood, founder & CEO, Mind Share Partners, will discuss how employers can support their employees in this time and moving forward.

From the beginning, B. PHL was designed to feature diverse speakers and perspectives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, and this year, racial justice. The three-day event will feature a diverse lineup of speakers from across the country and around the world, as well as workshops, curated experiences and socially distant activations including virtual speed dating and chatroom style networking, wellness events, trivia and more.

Tickets to the festival are free of charge, with an option to donate to the PHL COVID-19 Fund. By registering here, attendees will gain access to the full suite of festival events and virtual experiences. For more information about the festival, event schedules, and to keep updated on the latest announcements, visit BPHLFest.com and follow B. PHL on Instagram @bphlfest, Twitter @BPHLFest, and Facebook @BPHLFest.

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