Have you ever asked yourself…

 More than one out of every six adults in Philadelphia has been diagnosed with a mental health condition, according to PHMC. Help is available. 

Together for Mental Health

Together, we can realize our shared vision of a City — and a nation — where anyone affected by mental illness can get the appropriate support and quality of care to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

DBHIDS is dedicated to educating, strengthening, and serving individuals and communities so that all Philadelphians can thrive. This month — and every month — always remember: It’s OK to not be OK. You’re not alone. We are here to help.

Find Wellness Resources

A healthy mind is as important as a healthy body.

Give yourself a quick checkup from the neck up now.

  • It’s quick.
  • It’s free.
  • It’s anonymous.

Take a Minute to Breathe

It happens to all of us. Feelings like anxiety, stress, and fear cause our breathing to be shallow, irregular, or rapid. It’s entirely normal. Our body’s automatic response is to protect itself. The trick is to focus not on what’s happening around us, but to what is happening within us. We are breathing. It’s our most basic instinct.

Practicing steady, deep breathing delivers more oxygen to the body and brain, reduces your heart rate and decreases the release of cortisol—better known as the stress hormone. Deep breathing also releases endorphins. This in turn increases a sense of calm and can combat pain.

Learn more about the benefits of breathing exercises from our blog.


Mental Health First Aid

Many of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack—start CPR, or at the very least, call 9-1-1. But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack or if we were concerned that a friend or co-worker might be showing signs of alcoholism.

Let’s make Mental Health First Aid as common as CPR. Find out how to get trained for free.

Virtual Mental Health First Aid® Trainings, sponsored by the City of Philadelphia, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, are now available with limited seating in each course. This course is provided at NO COST to those who live, work or study in the City of Philadelphia.


From the Blog

Boost Your Mental Health with Exercise

You can’t pour from an empty cup. One tool within our mental health and wellness toolbox is exercise.

Read our blog for ideas on ways to realistically incorporate exercise for relieving stress, increasing energy, and promoting positive wellbeing.


It’s OK to NOT be OK

Trauma has an indelible impact on all of us whether from adverse childhood experiences or traumas experienced across the lifespan. Read this blog from Dr. Jean Wright, deputy commissioner of the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS).


Do something for your mental health this Mental Health Awareness Month

Get Help Now
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