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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…

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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  

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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…

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How to take care of your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

by Dr. Sosunmolu Shoyinka, Chief Medical Officer, City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) These are stressful and uncertain times. The evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic is very sudden and can be confusing. This may provoke anxiety for many people. Those with pre-existing anxiety and other mental health conditions may be particularly at risk. Individuals and teams whose work bring them in contact with infected persons may experience stress and anxiety. Other groups at risk for increased stress include the elderly, those caring for sick or vulnerable persons, and those experiencing significant changes to work, travel, or family life. Regardless of status or work function, we can anticipate that all of us will at some point experience some increased stress. At times like this, it is important to take steps to promote mental wellness and resilience. DBHIDS aligns with SAMHSA, the American Psychological Association,…

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