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

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

Register Now for This Free November 11 Event

Preserving Your Mental Health in a Double Pandemic A WHYY Community Conversation about Stress, Stigma and Self-Care


The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our health and economy, is enough to drive mental health needs off the charts. Meanwhile Philadelphia is also suffering the worst increase in the homicide rate since 2007 with 300 murders, up 33% over the year. These stressors have contributed to the fact that since March 1, 2020, 49% percent of Philadelphia residents report that they or someone in their household has been seriously depressed or anxious.

How can we create an effective practice of mental health self-care that is as widely accepted as the routines we follow for our physical health? Is it possible to practice self-care while anxiously focused on self-preservation?

Join WHYY for a virtual Community Conversation about stressors, stigma and self-care. Hear insights and tips from leading regional experts on preserving your mental health during extensively, stressful times.

Hosted By:
Chris Norris – WHYY, Community Contributors and Engagement Editor

The Panel:
Dr. Monica Campbell – Licensed Psychologist
Phillip Roundtree, MSW – Mental Health Advocate
Felicia Roche – Mental Health Advocate & Author
Sarah Ashley-Andrews, MS – Co-host, Black in Therapy Podcast

Special Presentation By:
Richard Taylor – Mental Health Advocate & Author

Date & Time
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
6:00-7:15 p.m.

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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.