Overdose Awareness and Reversal Training

Event Time: July 19, 2021 12:30 pm

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In response to COVID-19, the Substance Use Prevention & Harm Reduction Division (SUPHR) will be offering a live virtual overdose awareness and reversal training that will cover the basics of reversing an opioid overdose and additional COVID-19 risk reduction tips. 

Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference

Event Time: July 22, 2021 9:00 am

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The Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference (PTWC) is a community-lead, community-focussed space to both educate and empower the trans community alongside providers and allies alike on all things health & wellness. The Conference aims to create an accessible, safe, and affirming environment for the trans community, recognizing the intersections with race, sexuality, disability, neurodiversity, religion, and class. For the first time, in response to the impact of the Pandemic, the PTWC will be held virtually. July 22 – 24, 2021.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Event Time: June 30, 2021 10:00 am

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Learn the warning signs and how YOU can help!

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help youth who are experiencing mental health or addiction challenges or crises. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

BEyond Expectations: Letter to My Father, Letter to My Son – Evolutions

A First Person Arts Production

In collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services Engaging Males of Color Initiative

Directed by David Acosta I Produced by James Robinson/PWPVideo

BEyond Expectations builds community and promotes mental wellness through the unique and shared experiences of men of color throughout the Philadelphia region.

For Father’s Day, we celebrate the unbreakable bonds that exist with our BIPOC fathers and sons.  Back by popular demand, David Acosta returns to direct BEyond Expectations: Letter to My Father, Letter to My Son – Evolutions with new stories that feature these powerful bonds. 

News anchor, Bill Anderson, reflects on the recent loss of his father, radio icon, Cody Anderson, while activist and mother Kimberly Kamara shares the loss of her black son in a senseless tragedy.  Eric “Shomari” Grimes, Dr. H. Bernard Hall, Rafael Collazo, and Raymond Zhang are leaders who join in to honor what is too often overlooked – the power of fathers and sons of color relationships.  Musical accompaniment will be provided by Eric Wortham.

These stories are particularly poignant as there is a racial reckoning occurring within the United States following the murder of George Floyd and other men of color. These stories of fathers and sons resonate as they point to the enduring love and resilience found in these familial ties.  This event is FREE to the public.

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Virtual Town Hall for Youth and Families

DBHIDS and community partners will host a virtual town hall event on Thursday, May 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  

Summer is fast approaching. What exists for youth and young adults when school is out? How can parents get support to send their child with special needs to camp? What are some resources to address the trauma of gun violence? How can youth and family members advocate for what they need?
These questions and more will be addressed at the upcoming town hall. 

We also want to hear from youth, young adults, and family members about how they would like to continue to engage.  


For more information email valarie.oulds@phila.gov

Faith and Spiritual Affairs Conference

April 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) is proud to host the 14th annual Faith and Spiritual Affairs Conference.

The theme this year is “Keeping the Faith: Connecting through Quarantine.”


The conference will illustrate how faith communities and the City of Philadelphia have partnered to connect and promote togetherness and love in our communities through unprecedented times.

How do we stay hopeful through food insecurity, loss of life, gun violence, and racial injustice? The purpose of this conference is to find ways to stay connected and to build on the strengths and compassion of Philadelphians to address how COVID-19 has affected our communities. This year’s conference is a reminder that Philadelphia was founded on the notion of love. It is a call to renew our faith in one another and our ability to effect change.

Speakers and panelists will present their efforts to respond to the pandemic as individuals and members of their communities. We invite community members, faith leaders, service providers, and all others to partake in this transformative event.

Click to learn more about DBHIDS Faith and Spiritual Affairs.

To learn more about the conference and register, click here

Join Us for Healing & Hope

January 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This panel discussion will give you the opportunity to hear firsthand accounts of turning tragedy into triumph and what helped individuals through the process of losing their children to gun violence. We will also have resources and information available that will help navigate you through this journey of grief. With the support of each other, faith, and determination we can begin the healing process.

Moderator: Samantha Grannum, Faith and Spiritual Affairs coordinator for DBHIDS.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


  • Tobi Downing, Director of Victim Services at Central Division Victim Services
  • Maxayn Gooden, founder and president for the Women of Valor74 women’s empowerment program
  • Danielle Shaw-Oglesby, Founder/CEO of the DomKimani Scholarship Foundation
  • Myra Maxwell, Director of Philadelphia Crisis Assistance, Response, and Engagement for Survivors program (CARES) and FSA board member

Be Mindful This Holiday Season

Across our city, country, and the world, seasonal and religious holidays have not been and will not be the same this year.  For many, the coming weeks are always a fragile time of year, and 2020 is certainly no exception.

Sadly, people have lost family members and friends in recent months, some have lost jobs, and most will not be spending holidays together for health and safety reasons. For some, absent friends or family has always made the holidays difficult, but this year, more of us will feel this emptiness. Our lives have been turned upside down, and some have gone from bad to worse.

Whatever your circumstances, it is not at all unusual to feel overly emotional or act differently than you typically would during these uncertain times. While some may be able to “keep calm and carry on,” there’s nothing wrong with not feeling calm or finding it difficult to carry on.

So what can we do to embrace this year’s holiday season, try to manage our emotions, and carry on?

We can start by accepting that this is a year like no other.We can:

  • Choose not to surrender to negative feelings, accept our situation, learn from it, and find comfort in what we still have.
  • Think back to other harsh challenges we’ve confronted in our lifetime and how we managed to get through those.
  • Give ourselves credit for what we’ve been able to accomplish so far and try to accept what we can and cannot control at this time.
  • Recognize that we are all doing the best we can, and everyone struggles in one way or another.

Remain realistic and still enjoy the present moment.  

  • The holidays don’t have to be perfect- are they ever? Not everything has to be the same as it was in past years.
  • Trying to make things the same, or worse, faultless, will only get the better of you, and you’ll forget that being grateful and hopeful, and if you’re lucky, loved, is what counts. It’s what has always counted.

Seek gratitude this holiday season despite our circumstances and appreciate what we can still do.

  • We can continue to connect with others outdoors, over the phone, or online.
  • We can send cards and good wishes, practice many familiar religious rituals, cook for others, or assist a person struggling to pay bills.
  • If we are fortunate enough to have a home and plenty of food, we can relax, eat seconds, watch a football game or long movie.
  • We can think of creative ways to stay close and give those who have nothing a helping hand.
  • We can read, donate decorations, play games, and worship virtually. We can try out a new recipe, share stories, and make fantastic plans for next year’s holidays.

We can continue to be thankful and hopeful no matter what our situation, and proud of what we’ve been able to manage so far.

The world is hurting, people are suffering, and we all feel the pandemic’s pain and tomorrow’s uncertainty. Let’s be mindful together and place our thoughts on the good around us. Together we can overcome today’s challenges, enjoy the holidays as best we can, and remain hopeful for a better tomorrow.

If you or someone you care about is feeling more than just sad about the holidays or feeling lonely, withdrawn, worthless, or guilty for more than a few weeks, this may be more than just holiday sadness or stress related to the pandemic. For people in recovery, or those struggling with addiction, the holidays can be hard to get through. You are not alone, and we want to help. You can start with a no-cost and anonymous mental health check-up, look through Healthy Minds Philly Resources to begin helping yourself or others, or Get Help Now if support is urgently needed. 

Author: Maria Boswell, Director, Health Promotion Unit, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS)

Originally posted on Healthy Minds Philly

Mental Health and battling depression during a pandemic

CMO of the Department of Behavioral Health Dr. Sosunmolu Shoyinka and CEO and Founder of V.O.I.C.E Laquisha Anthony joined Good Day Philadelphia to talk about mental health and battling depression especially during tough times like a pandemic.

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Join This Free November 16th NAMI Educational Forum

NAMI Philadelphia presents Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: An Educational Forum, a free event held on Zoom and open to the public.

November 16th from  2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Topics Include:

  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Understanding Mental Health Crisis
  • What to do in Mental Health Crisis
  • Treatment Options/Expectations
  • Advocacy
  • Preparing for a Crisis
  • NAMI Resources
  • Other Philadelphia Community Resources


MEETING ID: 860 449 7213
PASSCODE: 217373