May 3

Mental Health Resources from Porch Light

by: Ilse García Romero

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, our Porch Light department has shared advice on how to address mental and emotional health concerns. Keep reading to learn more!
As the coronavirus pandemic ebbs and flows, it’s not unusual to feel extra stress on our mental health. Common complaints have been about feeling unmotivated or burnt out, feeling anxiety or stress, or feeling depressed. Data supports that mental health concerns are real.
It’s no surprise that feeling isolated and scared can lead to long-term consequences. Some ways to help deal with this:
  1. Take time to slow down and take time for yourself. We all need extra time to recharge and energize.
  2. Talk about what you’re feeling. Reach out to your support systems, whether that’s family, friends, or co-workers. Others are feeling the same way, and it helps to recognize that you are not alone in your feelings.
  3. Don’t be scared to reach out for help. Use the resources listed to find a therapist. If you’re worried about harming yourself or know someone who is suicidal, reach out to the Suicide Prevention Hotline, at (800) 273-8255.
The more we talk about mental health, the more we can break down the stigma around it. Remember: It’s okay to not be okay. But, you’re not alone in feeling that way. Others are eager to help you.

Art Education student banners made as a part of Aram Han Sifuentes's Messages to Our Neighbors project. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Mental Health Resources 

City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS): (888) 545-2600
Suicide and Crisis Intervention Hotline: (215) 686-4420
National Suicide Hotline: (800) 273-8255
Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: (888) 628-9454
Mental Health Crisis Line: (215) 685-6440
Crisis Text Line (24/7): Text “HOME” to 741741

HealthyMindsPhilly.org: A friendly, no-cost resource to support the wellness of all Philadelphians, with a 24/7 online behavioral health screening, access to Mental Health First Aid training and comprehensive resources.

Therapy for Black Girls: providers.therapyforblackgirls.com
Therapy for Black Men: therapyforblackmen.org/therapists
The National Queer Therapists of Color Network: nqtten.com/en
Black Mental Health Alliance: www.blackmentalhealth.com
The Ladipo Group: https://theladipogroup.com/
The Therapy Center of Philadelphia: www.therapycenterofphila.org
Council for Relationships (low-cost and sliding scale therapy resources): https://councilforrelationships.org/

Last updated: May 3, 2022

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