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Millennials: Join the Well City Challenge

Millennials are the largest population in the U.S., the most educated, and the largest wealth generators over the next two decades – yet they are in poorer health than previous generations. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s 2019 The Health of Millennials Report found that 8 out of 10 top conditions have double-digit increases among millennials and 6 out of 10 are behavioral health conditions. How we handle their health care challenges could make or break the economy. Because Philadelphia is both a hot spot for millennials and home to world-class health care institutions, we are hopeful that our community can play a leading role in identifying and advancing new physical health and mental health solutions for the millennial generation.    The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia is joining forces with Independence Blue Cross to launch the Well City Challenge - a social impact challenge to engage and support everyday innovators with new creative ideas for addressing Philadelphia’s millennial health and mental health challenges related to three themes: Community and Social Connection, Food and Nutrition, and Mind/Body. These themes are even more important due to the rise of millennial health and mental health challenges during COVID-19, the economic recession, and the rise in the movement to combat racism and social injustice.   The Well City Challenge is focused on Philadelphia and will support community solutions for millennial health and mental health through incubator workshops, a pitch competition, mentorship, accelerator, over $50,000 in prizes and an additional $50,000 in seed investments. The Challenge is open to individuals, community groups, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and social enterprises. All backgrounds and levels of [...]

2021-01-02T16:06:35-05:00November 11th, 2020|Mental Health|

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Building Community

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was celebrated in 1987 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The goal was for advocates across the nation to come together to help end violence in families. The coalition saw a need to link regional communities to a larger, national effort to end domestic violence. Each year, we: honor those who have died because of domestic violence celebrate those who have survived, and connect those who work to end violence. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a chance to speak about this issue all month long. For many of us, home has become the office, school, and daycare - all in one place. For domestic violence survivors, this isolation that many of us feel may be harmful. While staying at home helps lower the spread of the virus, survivors may not be able to reach out to others for help. Being with friends and family is often how survivors reach and maintain help and safety. Keeping someone away from their friends and family is a common tactic of abusive partners. It is also one of the ways that they make sure their partner won’t leave. Abusive partners will isolate someone to ensure that their voice is the only one the survivor hears. They may even control cell phone [...]

2021-01-02T16:08:16-05:00October 22nd, 2020|Domestic Violence|

Helpful Thinking

At seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, you might have concerns about safety, helplessness, feeling unable to cope, guilt, and anger. These feelings are understandable given what we're all going through; but focusing on these negative feelings can make it even harder to cope. It can help to identify the unhelpful thoughts and then redirect your focus to more helpful thoughts. The National Center for PTSD compiled the charts below as a guide for practicing using helpful thoughts. When you're thinking "I am too scared to do anything because I might get infected," or "I'm going to infect others," some alternative helpful thoughts might be "I can gather information, set priorities, adapt my plans, and carry out the most important necessities in ways that are safe." Also remind yourself "I am doing the best I can to keep myself and my family safe," and "I can find ways to express love and be connected in ways that are safe for all of us." Use these tables to identify thoughts you might be having now, and helpful thoughts you can try instead. Practice focusing on more helpful thoughts as often as you can. If you find that you continue to struggle with your mental or emotional health despite making efforts to stay well, help is always available. You can begin by [...]

2020-10-15T02:53:41-04:00October 15th, 2020|Pandemic|

National Depression Screening Day 2020

Author: Maria Boswell, Director, Health Promotion, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services Every October, on National Depression Screening Day (NDSD), we encourage everyone to get “a check-up from the neck-up” and talk about mental health.  National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) seeks to educate, raise awareness, reduce stigma, and connect Philadelphians with mental health screenings and resources. How do I know I might have depression?  If you struggle with depression, you can have trouble sleeping (sleeping too much or not enough), concentrating, and very low energy. You can lose interest in activities you once enjoyed, lose confidence in yourself, and feel worthless. Some people have recurring thoughts of death or suicide, and can often feel trapped or desperately alone. Depression can be a very painful and frightening experience.  For many, depression can show itself in angry outbursts, frequent crying, irritability, or problems at home, work, or school. Depression can feel like you are all alone, and you can’t imagine that anyone else feels as much pain as you do. Well, that’s not true. Depression affects 40 million families each year, and other people feel and have felt similar to you. People are reluctant to seek help for many reasons, including embarrassment, shame, fear, and social stigma. For some people, hiding their depression seems like the only solution. For others, finding negative ways [...]

2021-01-28T23:11:12-05:00October 5th, 2020|Depression|
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