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.
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.
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.
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. 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.