May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

May awareness monthIn observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, Philadelphia’s behavioral health department will host a number of free community education and outreach events during May to promote mental wellness, healing and understanding and encourage use of the City’s array of mental health services and treatments.  

24/7 Mental Health Screenings Online

Get a check-up from the neck up. Check your emotional well-being any time with a quick, free and anonymous online mental health screening at Learn whether you or someone you care about might be experiencing symptoms of a mental health disorder. If you feel sad, anxious or stressed, this screening tool can help you decide if you need further help. At the end you will be presented with information and next steps.

Mental Health Kiosks 

These kiosks are like blood pressure machines – they are free, quick, and anonymous and allow you to conveniently take a mental health screening right in the community. Remember, they do not take the place of an evaluation or diagnosis – but they can help you learn if you are experiencing any symptoms of a mental health challenge and will give you a list of resources in your neighborhood.

Two kiosk locations:

  • Drexel University Recreation Center
    3301 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

  • 11th Street Family Health Services
    850 N 11th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19123

Upcoming Events

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid @ Friends Hospital, May 7, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
    Friends Hospital, 4641 Roosevelt Blvd., Scattergood Building, Philadelphia, PA 19124.
  • Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care is conducting Recognizing and Understanding Traumatic Responses:  Wednesday May 15 to be held at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, 2 W. Lafayette Street Norristown, PA 19401.
  • 43rd Annual Conference on Developmental Disabilities:  Friday May 10th, PCHC will be presenting on Individuals at Risk, aimed at identifying symptoms of trauma and other relevant behavioral health symptoms.  

For a full list of events sponsored by the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health, check out the event calendar at:

The new WRAP App is now available! 

The app is based on the evidence-based Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) program, and the content matches the updated WRAP products. We are so excited to get this tool out to the WRAP community. 

You can download the app for free for your iOS or Android mobile device:

You can also learn more about the app and WRAP:

Watch the Facebook Live walkthrough:

More info on the web: 

Office of Developmental Programs to Re-Launch the Positive Approaches Journal

ODP has announced that it will begin to issue the Journal of Positive Approaches.  It has not been in circulation since 2005.  The publication is created by and for professionals that provide services to individuals with behavioral and mental health challenges, intellectual disabilities, autism, and other developmental disabilities.  

Keep a look out for the publication.  It is being offered quarterly, online at the following web address: