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Supporting the Emotional Health of the Behavioral Health Workforce During COVID-19

From the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services As a behavioral health provider, you are likely experiencing additional challenges during the COVID-19 infectious disease outbreak. This may include concerns about your own health, your family's health, stigma from within your community, and managing the distress of people you support in your professional life. We acknowledge the risks you take every single day, and we recognize that with the COVID-19 outbreak the world feels upside down. You are shifting your office setting to telepractice, learning new technologies, determining who needs a face to face appointment and how to do that safely, and where to send people who may be in more distress. We recognize that with all the changes comes increased stress. We also recognize the increased risk and burden placed upon you and your family. If you are still needing to see people face to face for support of their behavioral health condition, your duty to serve can put you at increased risk of getting sick and conflicts with your own safety. That is a stress most will never understand. We thank you for showing up day after day, or for shifting to work through technology, while the rest of the community may not understand all the nuances of what you do. We [...]

2021-01-04T21:48:00-05:00May 20th, 2020|Pandemic|

DBHIDS to Speak on Shades of Blue Panel

Do you need space to unravel as you deal with the upheaval of this season of quarantine? Are you looking for "nourishment" rituals and resources that can help to acknowledge, affirm, and work through complex feelings of sadness, anger, despair, anxiety during the pandemic? Join us for this conversation on May 20th at 11am. Panelists will include: Kamela Johnson, Network of Neighbors Coordinator, Community Behavioral Health, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services Rev. Dr. Jamie Eaddy, Chaplain; Executive Director, I Just Believe; CEO, Thoughtful Transitions  Chris Petersen, Facilitator, Philadelphia Contemplatives Sarah Sweda, MS, NCC, Post-Crisis Intervention Coordinator, Uplift Center for Grieving Children Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg, National Organizer, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action Mari-Carmen Farmer, MSN, CNM, WHNP, Midwife, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; President, Philly Metro Midwives Farida E. Boyer, MS, LMFT, Boyer Counseling Group; co-founder, The Black Brain Campaign  

2020-05-15T20:32:11-04:00May 15th, 2020|Faith & Spirituality, Pandemic|

City and Independence Blue Cross Launch #MindPHL Together Campaign to Connect Public to Mental Health Resources

Campaign Aims to Reduce Stigma, Encourage Philadelphians to Seek Help Today Mayor Jim Kenney announced the launch of a new public awareness campaign which builds on national Mental Health Awareness Month. The #mindPHL Together campaign, sponsored by the City of Philadelphia and Independence Blue Cross, aims to: Bring an improved community understanding of mental health and well-being; Reduce the stigma associated with needing mental health support; Encourage Philadelphians to seek help for themselves and others; and Offer vital support needed by those impacted by mental health challenges. “Amid the heightened uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental well-being is more important than ever,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “During this unprecedented time, many of us are experiencing loss, anxiety, stress, or overwhelming sadness. I want to remind Philadelphians to be mindful, know you are not alone, and that it’s okay to seek help for these and other symptoms.” The campaign includes a new, easy-to-use website, MindPHLtogether.com, to make mental health resources more readily available to all Philadelphians. The site is a joint effort between the City’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services and Independence Blue Cross. “As our region deals with the COVID-19 epidemic and all its consequences, many people are facing feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and isolation. It’s normal to feel that way,” said Daniel J. Hilferty, Independence Blue [...]

2021-01-28T23:07:32-05:00May 4th, 2020|Community|

Finding Peace in the Pandemic

by Laura Vega, DSW, LCSW In these times of intense stress, it is most difficult to find our peace and balance. We are experiencing unprecedented times with daily increases in the number of COVID-19 positive cases and the number of deaths. Color-coded tracking maps magnify the power of the virus’ transmission across our counties, states, and countries. In real time, we receive tweets and notifications of “hot zones” and alerts about increasing rates of transmission. In addition to the threats to our own health and the healthcare system, we are experiencing real economic loss and a hostile political climate. In these times of intense stress, it is most difficult to find our peace and balance. We all struggle with our need for control and predictability in times when the rules are changing daily. We must find our own personal balance of how much news we need to stay informed without inundating ourselves with fear and anxiety. How do we balance the mandate for social distancing with our need for human connection? Accommodate the need to protect our children with the responsibility to provide care and supplies for our aging parents? How do we balance the blessing of working remotely with the demands to teach and care for our children simultaneously? How do we process the loss of lives and panic [...]

2021-01-02T20:20:12-05:00April 28th, 2020|Community, Pandemic|
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