Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

In 2011, the Brewerytown CDC and the Fairmount CDC collaborated to turn an abandoned lot into a space the two neighborhoods could put to use, creating the foundation for the community run Girard-Dream Garden. With the help of a grant from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, the Fairmount CDC was able to select and […]

 

Amateur Sports: Sports Groups are Important for Mental Health

Amateur Sports: Sports Groups are Important for Mental Health

The physical benefits of sports and exercise have long been established. Staying active can help fight disease, improve your immune system and show better character traits to help you develop as a person. But what about the mental health side of sports? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common […]

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Somerton: Looking Back, Byberry “Got Twisted Along The Way”

Somerton: Looking Back, Byberry “Got Twisted Along The Way”

It has been a decade since the 2006 demolition of much of what was once the Philadelphia State Hospital, more commonly known as Byberry. The mental health institution, established in 1906, quickly found itself in constant battle for funding among the city of Philadelphia, the state and the hospital’s staff — all, many said, at […]

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Somerton: Philadelphia State Hospital Leaves Mark On The Far Northeast

Somerton: Philadelphia State Hospital Leaves Mark On The Far Northeast

Philadelphia State Hospital, once located in the far Northeast, was built on more than 1,000 acres of land that already had a rich history. In the 1600s, the unmarked land was settled upon by English families and named it after a town in England called Bibury. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the area’s inhabitants […]

 

South Philadelphia: Seeking Answers and Resolution to Refugee Mental Health

South Philadelphia: Seeking Answers and Resolution to Refugee Mental Health

A growing population of Southeast Asian refugees comes with an exciting new culture to learn from, along with serious health needs that require specific attention. Those who lived or immigrated during times of unrest, like the Vietnam War era or the rule of the Khmer Rouge, arrived with specific mental health needs that not all […]

 

Germantown: Making My Place Their Own

Germantown: Making My Place Their Own

Dyke Sparks, a 61-year-old Vietnam Veteran, is one of the 12 male tenants at My Place Germantown. He said he has been living there for over a year now, and although it is not what he considers an ideal situation, he is better off today than he was before he moved in. Sparks had been […]

 By Bradley Feldman and Khanhly Nguyen

Cedar Park: School Closings Create Concerns of Emotional Harm for Students

Cedar Park: School Closings Create Concerns of Emotional Harm for Students

One major, yet underexamined, issue in the publicly contentious process of closing schools is the psychological impact on young children. More than half of the schools that are slated to close at the end of the school year are elementary schools. This will force many children to change schools. The change could have a significant […]

 By Shawn Kotzen and Niesha Miller

Hunting Park: Healthcare Center Provides More Than Just Medical Treatment

Hunting Park: Healthcare Center Provides More Than Just Medical Treatment

Tucked away on an unassuming, hidden street that runs on a diagonal path, the Esperanza Health Center has been serving the Hunting Park neighborhood since December. Located on 4417 N. Sixth St., the primary-care facility is a key component of the community-wide revitalization that has positively affected the area in the last few years. The […]

 By Christie Francis and Stephanie Klock

Al Dia: Fight Raises Mental Health Awareness Among Undocumented

Al Dia: Fight Raises Mental Health Awareness Among Undocumented

Yanelli Hernandez, 22, faced the threat of deportation with the support of a loyal group behind her. However, even with the efforts of DreamActivists like Fernanda Marroquin, of Wyndmoor, Pa., who fought to draw national attention to her story, she lost her case and was forced to return to Mexico on Jan. 31. Since her […]