Coping with COVID-19

The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services offers resources, services, and advocacy through a strong partnership with a network of healthcare providers to help people, whether they are uninsured or under-insured, lead a fulfilling life in a supportive community free of stigma.

How to Take Care of Your Mental Health During a Coronavirus Outbreak

As a result of COVID, most people have experienced isolation, stress, anxiety, and confusion at some point. Many have lost loved ones. Many others have lost their usual source of income. At times like this, it is important to continue to take steps to promote mental wellness and resilience.

Behavioral Health Screening

Identifying signs and symptoms of mental health and/or addiction challenges is the first step in taking care of yourself or someone you care about.

You can take an online, no-cost private mental check-up 24/7 through this website by clicking the “Take a Screening” button below. You will find several types of screenings, including general well-being screenings and specific screenings, like for anxiety or depression.

Faith and Spiritual Affairs Advisory Board Vaccination Statement

The faith leaders of the DBHIDS Faith and Spiritual Affairs Advisory Board recommend considering the vaccine as another viable option to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. This virus continues to impact our city, and communities of color continue to bear its disproportionate impact.

We encourage you to seek counsel from a trusted medical expert if you have questions or concerns and become familiar with the City’s phased approach to vaccine distribution. If you feel this choice is right for you please register to be notified when you are eligible to receive the
vaccine. You can also visit the Philadelphia Department of Public Health website to view frequently asked questions and answers.

As you discern, continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face covering, maintaining social distance, and practicing proper hand-washing hygiene. As you care for yourself, you care for our city.

Click here to read the full statement, which can be found on page 6.

“At first, I was nervous, because of the unknown and my needed to take it due to my other health issues. I have strong faith in God and as I prayed, I heard the message that the vaccine would be to my advantage. I found out that the first to receive the vaccine were the doctors and nurses giving the vaccine. That encouraged me to consult with my doctor who explained that it is safe and encouraged me to get the vaccine.”
Arthur Robinson, House Manager
Transformation to Recovery Hope House South Philly

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